In the translation industry, there is a constantly high demand for legal translation. Why is that? Many people would assume that this demand originates from global business, for which legal documents need to be translated into different languages. However, legal translation is required for many, many more areas, including private matters, B2C, B2B and international relations. This blog entry will demonstrate how much legal translation we actually come across in our daily lives and also discuss some of the basics of legal translation.
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the term “legal translation”? Often the term evokes images of interpreters at court. Certainly, interpreters are more visible than translators, who only work on written texts. However, written legal translations do reach most of us almost every day. See a non-conclusive list of typical documents that require legal translation:
- Property rental contracts
- Insurance policies
- Legal disclaimers
- General terms and conditions
- Internal documentation for compliance audits
- Privacy statements
- Sales contracts
- Non-disclosure agreements
- Documents for lawsuits
- Employment contracts
- Correspondence with law firms
- Documentation for import/export
Legal translation has laid foundations for our lives. Thinking beyond, it is fair to say that legal translations have played an essential role in shaping the world as we know it today. Just consider that the foundations of international trade, transport and travel, but also of peace and any international relations heavily rely on legal translation.
Legal translation – not everybody’s cup of tea
Due to its sophisticated nature, legal translation has its own, tricky challenges and is certainly not for everyone. For example, a translator who might be brilliant at marketing translation, is not automatically qualified for legal translation. Why is that? In marketing translation, it is often desirable to move away from the original, to be creative and to provide a truly compelling text – and often transcreation is the preferred choice for international marketing activities. For a good legal translation, translators must produce a much more literal translation, rather than focusing on stylistic aspects. As you can imagine, legal translation requires not only excellent linguistic skills and profound understanding of legal concepts, but also personal characteristics such as extreme accuracy and patience. Good news is that a high-quality language service provider can assist legal translators in their difficult work. Let’s see how a good translation service company can help linguists and create extra value for clients.
How a quality translation company can add extra value to legal translations
No matter if you are a private or corporate client or how big or small your project might be: A high-quality language service will usually take a range of measures to ensure high professional standards:
– To help translators use terminology consistently, translation tools can be provided to linguists; this is particularly meaningful in large projects with tens (or hundreds) of thousands of words
– Translation companies can create terminology databases for returning clients to help linguists use the right phrases
– Strict non-disclosure agreements can be applied to protect sensitive information, which is (of course) particularly important in legal translation
– Clients can book a multi-step quality assurance process that involves editors and proofreaders
– In cases that individual passages are not clear, linguists can discuss them with clients through a dedicated project manager to ensure simple, time-saving communication
– For legal texts with complex formatting, DTP services can be provided
At elionetwork, we constantly handle legal translations for clients from all sorts of backgrounds. Over many years, we have put together a strong team of both in-house and external expert translators to provide legal document translation services with outstanding quality. No matter what your requirements are, please get in touch with our team now to see how we can help you with your legal translation needs and to get a free quote.