How Professional Translators Can Address the Challenges of the Legal Translation Process

While mistranslations can be humorous under most circumstances, they are not a laughing matter in the legal field. The legal translation of a document is a challenging and complicated process that isn’t quite as simple as translating the text for word for word.

Unlike other sensitive documents such as medical reports, which use terms that have set definitions formed through a consensus of the medical community, legal documents contain words that can have entirely different meanings depending on the legal system they’re from. For instance, several European languages will have two words for the English word “Law,” each with a slightly different meaning. Conversely, different words or phrases from the legal documents of two countries may actually have the same definition.

A proper legal translation entails taking these factors into account, and reproducing the document while retaining as much of the interpretation and flow of the original content. A poorly translated legal document can lead to a considerable waste of time and money in the form of delayed court hearings and lawsuits, among other things.

Because of the sheer number of complications that legal translations can have, law firms or companies that need their legal documents translated to a different language are advised to seek the help of a professional translation company.

A good translation company will include a staff of veteran translators within its ranks, often with several years of experience in providing legal translation services using their target language. Aside from outstanding grammar and editing skills, these translators will have an in-depth understanding of the cultural context of the legal documents they work on.

Unlike several countries in Europe, the United States does not have a universal form of certification for translators working within its borders. However, this is more due to a lack of certification, accreditation, or screening for several languages, than a lack of quality.

Uncertified translators working in the U.S. are perfectly capable of producing quality legal translation services that comply with stringent international standards such as the ISO 9000. There are also a variety of tests that can determine a translator’s proficiency, such as those provided by groups like the American Translators Association.

A good translation company will also assign each law firm client a designated account manager and translation team. Aside from streamlining the procedure, this also ensures that their documents will be handled by a dedicated staff that is not distracted by other translation projects.

A Comprehensive And Holistic Analysis Of The Legal, Financial, And General Business Climate In Dubai

I’m assuming you are interested in setting up a company in Dubai? Otherwise you would not be reading about this. Companies in Dubai have paid their fair share to establish get going. The abundance in the Dubai employment market has made it easier than ever to start a business today and run at full speed tomorrow.

I was also interested in setting up a business in Dubai not long ago. So this discussion is based on my personal research and experience from the time I was serious about the idea. If you want to start your corporation in Dubai you’ll have to go through the Dubai Department of Economic Development or the “DED” as most refer to it.

This agency was formed in order to stimulate economic activity which would grow the emirate of Dubai. Most cities, states, provinces have an agency of similar stature which reviews business applications, approves them and grants them licenses to operate.

Your cost of setting up a business in Dubai will include the following costs:

* License involved with the kind of business activity you engage in (service vs. manufacturing vs. intellectual capital)

* Business and liability insurance (still a comparatively weak infrastructure in comparison with the USA)

* Professional fees (legal and accounting)

* The cost of a local partner (this varies from UAE Dirhams 20,000 to 2,000,000 a year depending on their greediness)

The banks in Dubai are ever ready to give you the initial cash in order to establish your business concern. However, be prepared to sign for the loan with a personal guarantee. Even if the banking companies in Dubai ever lend money to you, it is crucial to show them the proper credentials and the economic performance of your corporation during the last several years. After all, everyone wants to protect their behind.

So as to avoid paying a local partner, various entrepreneurs begin their companies in one of the many free zones in Dubai such as the Jebel Ali free zone. These free zones were instituted by the Dubai Government in order to encourage business formation and foreign investment. These zones are treated as stand-alone entities and they could be your “silent partner” in business.

If you want to get an idea on the amount of money required to start a company in Dubai, check out the DED website Dubaided.gov.ae and choose the “English” option on the upper left hand side of your monitor. This is only if the website reads in Arabic. Once you’re in the English mode, navigate to the eservices menu where you could do the cost simulation.

As much as I’m an entrepreneur at heart who loves to take charge and execute things first hand, setting up a business in Dubai is something that I DO NOT RECOMMEND you do alone. There are several cracks to slip through and they can prove really costly for you both in the short short term and long term perspective.

You need to understand the legal structure and the general rules and regulations regarding finance and commerce in Dubai. Starting your company in Dubai all by yourself can also end up costing you way more than what it should.

If you’re serious about doing business in Dubai, I strongly suggest you consider the team at Global Office FZ led by Christine Orth. As of 2009 Christine has over 6 years with her team and is my single trusted point of contact with everything that has to do with doing business in Dubai. You can read more about their credibility and qualifications here.

This is a very serious move and you’d like to ensure you go about it the right way. Having the right business adviser in order to guide you will make all the difference while you get started and continue to require assistance along the way. I wish you very well and I’m certainly eager to hear about your experiences. Do come back and give us an update. We would be keen on featuring your success story in our Dubai personal stories section.

2010 UPDATE New – Virtual Office company set up with full business license and 3-year residence visa now available in Dubai. Costs begin at AED 18,000 per annum You as an Investor are entitled to get 5 visa for you and staff and can sponsor your family and a maid.

The set up is approved by Abu Dhabi High Court and is being licensed through a Northern Emirates Free Zone that is legally entitled to provide Free Zone business licenses in Dubai.

Their business center is conveniently situated at Dubai Marina with numerous restaurants, hotels and ample free parking in walking distance. To get to know more about our activities, please contact our business partner Christine.

Why Spend Thousands On Legal Advisers And Immigration Consultants When You Can Do Everything Alone?

The main reason for their dream to remain just a dream for another year or in the most of the cases for the rest of their lives? It is not that Canada do not accept them and just rejects their applications. One of the main reason is that those people just do not have the courage to apply. And this is because they just have no idea, where they have to apply, what papers they need, what application forms they have to submit, what fees they have to pay and so on and so on.

Here appear all those Legal Advisers, Immigration Consultants, Employment Agents and Recruitment Companies that offer their services for a very fat reward. In most of the cases the reward is few thousands of dollars per applicant, just to prepare their documents and submit it on behalf of the applicant. Here I have to mention that some of those just charge an initial charge and then they disappear. Of course there are loyal companies and agents just their charges are too high for the poor people to pay.

So after we have mentioned this two reasons, at the same time we have filtered the dreamers from few million to just few hundred thousands that are willing and have the ability to pay the above mentioned charges. From this point onwards we have two groups of people, those that have the money in cash to proceed with the applications and those that have some properties and they have to sell it in order to get the cash for applying. Believe me the second group represents 85% of this few hundred thousand. They usually sell everything they have with the hope that in few months they and their family will be citizens of the dreamed country. Unfortunately this is not the reality, the reality is much more harsh with them. Usually about a year later they get a letter from the embassy stating that their application has been rejected. In the most of the cases they are rejected because of incomplete documents or because they do not qualify for the type of visa they have applied for or because they have failed during the interview if they reach that far to attend interview. After they get this letter, they are totally devastated because they have sold everything they had. And the conclusion is that the poor become poorer and the rih richer.

The good thing is that there is a solution to this problem. Even the Canadian authorities have announced that a person do not need a legal advisor or any agent to apply for immigrant visa. They even encourage individual applications. The main problem as I have said before is that people do not know where, how and when to apply. The solution for this problem is the personal immigration guideline or how it is called My Immigration Consultant. It is a step-by-step guideline to immigrate to Canada.

The Consultant includes all the details, information, application forms, internet links and many many more features to guide you and the whole family through the procedure to get the so dreamed immigration visa.

Anyone can check it and discover the way to save thousands of dollars for consultants.