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Where to find a legal translator?

Postby Stevenmitch » Mon Feb 29, 2016 4:49 am

Though English prevails in all aspects of human life (economic, political and cultural), legal translation services become more popular every day. The majority of countries are not linguistically homogeneous. For example, the English-speaking USA have become home for many different nationalities that include hundreds of languages and dialects. So lawyers and attorneys often need a legal translator’s assistance with evidences, court records and foreign documentation. Moreover, legal translation is the most difficult type of professional translation services because of its high quality requirements. The slightest mistake can ruin hours, days and months of hard work. For this reason, severe requirements are applied to juridical translators. Even if a lawyer or his staff speak foreign languages, they cannot provide document translation services because of specific knowledge and technique of juridical translation.
Where to find a legal translator? This question makes many people suffer. So there are some sites which could help you find a high-qualified legal translator and be sure of their high quality work.
1.(URL redacted -pls.)2polyglot is a fast-growing start-up, which proposes translation from/to all existed languages. The site proposes the Safe Deal option that secures clients from fraud and dishonest executor. It is a specialized linguistic platform. So the search for legal translator will take less time. You can estimate the professional level of executors according to their downloaded certificates, portfolio, and CV. Moreover, all linguists should complete the verification process. It will take you only 1 minute to submit your project. As a result, you can find a high-qualified juridical translator in the short period of time. The site is new so it should win a reputation.
2. Freelancer.com has a big database of translators who can provide a client with translation from hundreds of source languages to hundreds of target languages. Moreover, the site also offers the proofreading services. You can post a project on this web platform and find a high-qualified professional. The fee for the site is standard – 10%. A user with a free account can post only 8 projects per month and is not able to make direct deposit withdrawals. Only premium accounts give opportunities to have special features. The minimum fee for them is 5$.
3. Upwork is the most famous online platform where you can find professional translators from all over the world. A freelancer determines an hourly rate on his account. Furthermore, a client specifies the project budget and conditions. The specialists can be paid per hour or at fixed intervals. When customer chooses an hourly payment, he pays for the time of freelancer. The fixed payment is used for big and long-termed projects. Moreover, the time tracking is controlled by a special programe, which user should download and install on his computer. All payments are transferred via Upwork. The commission rate is 10%.
A customer can estimate the quality of the executed work. However, the rating could be baseless and prejudiced.
4. Proz is an international platform where the price of linguists services is determined per word. The average price is $0,07-0,10. Only translators selected by the customer can see the budget of a posted project. The site does not charge a fee. However, it offers users to pay for their membership: $99 per 6 month or $149 per year. These premium accounts are shown on the top of rating on the site.
The platform has unattractive design and usability.

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Re: Where to find a legal translator?

Postby pls » Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:35 am

To ensure that this post is strictly informational and not promotional, I removed a URL. However, I have to ask the question: what is your connection with any or all of these enterprises?
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Re: Where to find a legal translator?

Postby OccasionalWriter » Wed Mar 02, 2016 7:13 pm

I suppose if one is trying to write a legal thriller, this could be a shortcut to going to law school. One could say that my first novel was a legal thriller, and I hardly included any legalese, although I studied law for one year. I need to check these resources out, see how reliable they are. I suppose one could also go through law school, read Black's Law Dictionary and other law dictionaries cover to cover, and know every legal term there is to know, in many different languages, even though he or she may never use these terms in the courtroom. To make legal fiction more realistic, I suggest familiarizing oneself with law, ask around, interview a lawyer if he or she even has one second to spare, and for goodness sake, write something honest. Examine a court document. Make sure you have something pertinent to say to the world. You know what? I tried to work in a law office. That didn't turn out so well. Needless to say, I am now a fiction writer with a lot of anger to deal with. I will never, ever do that again. :D

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Re: Where to find a legal translator?

Postby Terry T.A. Rodgers » Thu Mar 03, 2016 2:29 pm

All the legal novels out there are your text books.


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