Having a strong fluency in the source and target languages
A legal translator is expected to know both languages front and back especially the legal terms used in each. This expertise helps the language professional prepare an accurately translated document that makes sense to the reader. The best way to do this is to ensure that the legal expressions tell the reader the same thing.
Translating legally-binding contracts into multiple languages
Extra care must be taken when translating paper-based or digital documents and contracts into more than one language. Each document needs to be checked and re-checked for language accuracy and preservation of meaning by various translators, editors, and proofreaders to ensure that the document does what it is supposed to do.
Adhering to a deadline that takes into account many factors
Legal documents receive certified translation to be used for several purposes and that often means that the document, paper-based or a digital file, has to be translated, certified, and ready to be used by a certain date.
Ensuring that the legal document is recognizable in court
Different countries, provinces or states might have varying legal systems and require legal documents to have certified translation, especially if the document is evidential. This is why it is important to keep the format of any legal document consistent as well as being familiar with the legal document certification requirements of the intended facility.
Translating files documenting e-commerce disputes between foreign business partners
According to The Economist, the number of yearly e-commerce disputes worldwide is about 750 stressing the role of an experienced translator. E-commerce business professionals are expected to make an even greater number of legal translation requests on a regular basis due to the likelihood of attracting foreign customers online.
Avoiding any spelling and grammar errors is often impossible
Like everyone, legal translators might make slight spelling errors or overlook using the correct form of a verb from time to time. To avoid this, these professionals translate legal documents first thing in the morning then send the translated legal files, whether originally paper-based or digital, to another team member for review and editing