Sworn and Legal Translation Corner

Section dedicated to all things sworn and legal translation: answers to commonly-asked questions, legal concepts and terminology comparisons, first-hand information about working as a translator, and more.

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Clear answers to sworn and legal translation FAQs

Is sworn translation expensive? Comparing prices

Is sworn translation expensive? Comparing prices

Imagine you tell your local butcher that £10 for one kg of beef mince is a rip-off, because you would only pay £7.50 for a kg of pork mince at a big supermarket chain. What do you think your local butcher will reply? Now imagine you are planning to go out for lunch...

Working as a translator

First-hand information about life and work as a translator. Articles on professional challenges, career path, clients and communication, musings and more.

8 differences between English and Spanish wills

8 differences between English and Spanish wills

In legal translation, nothing is what it seems; even more so, when translating between languages of countries with very different legal systems. Many English legal concepts do not exist in Spanish law. Others have partial equivalents only. And other concepts are...

10 Latin terms and expressions related to wills and succession

10 Latin terms and expressions related to wills and succession

There is no doubt that legal texts are hard to read and understand for the layman. Not only do they include long and complicated sentences and legalese, they are peppered with Latin terms and expressions, too! This happens across all areas of the law, and the law of...

Legal words

Legal concepts, documents and terminology analysed from a linguistic and multijurisditional point of view.

8 differences between English and Spanish wills

8 differences between English and Spanish wills

In legal translation, nothing is what it seems; even more so, when translating between languages of countries with very different legal systems. Many English legal concepts do not exist in Spanish law. Others have partial equivalents only. And other concepts are...

10 Latin terms and expressions related to wills and succession

10 Latin terms and expressions related to wills and succession

There is no doubt that legal texts are hard to read and understand for the layman. Not only do they include long and complicated sentences and legalese, they are peppered with Latin terms and expressions, too! This happens across all areas of the law, and the law of...

Legal texts and the importance of punctuation: an illustrative case

Legal texts and the importance of punctuation: an illustrative case

In no other type of texts are precision and punctuation as important as they are in legal documents. One wrong letter or figure or the lack of a comma or a full stop will have consequences, so carefully reviewing a document before its execution is of utmost importance...

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