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.

Q&A

Clear answers to sworn and legal translation FAQs

Are Spanish sworn translators public servants?

Are Spanish sworn translators public servants?

No, they are not. Spanish sworn translators are not public servants, as they are not government or public bodies employees unless, of course, they are hired as such. Some clients wrongly assume that the appointment of Spanish sworn translators by the Spanish Ministry...

Will you just stamp my translation?

Will you just stamp my translation?

Every now and then a prospective client asks whether I would ‘just stamp’ their translation; they think, perhaps, that providing a translation will make the sworn translation process quicker and cheaper. My usual reply is ‘No, I am sorry. I do not offer certification...

Working as a translator

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

Legal words

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

10 Scottish conveyancing terms

10 Scottish conveyancing terms

As a legal translator, I think of any personal situation I encounter in the UK as a learning opportunity. Relocating from Oxford to Edinburgh as a second-time buyer has been nothing short of stressful, but moving to a different jurisdiction is helping me get...

The revocation of wills in English and Spanish law

The revocation of wills in English and Spanish law

Continuing my series of posts comparing wills and succession topics under English and Spanish law, today I look at the revocation of wills. Learn about how wills can be revoked under English and Spanish law and take note of the similarities and differences.Bear in...

Failure of gifts in English and Spanish law

Failure of gifts in English and Spanish law

Testamentary gifts may fail for a variety of reasons. Today, I look at how English and Spanish law classify the reasons for failure of gifts. This article is a continuation of ‘Testamentary gifts in English and Spanish law’, which I encourage you to read first (if you...

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