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By Chere Estrin, KNOW, The Magazine for Paralegals
I took high school French. I wasn’t that great at it but managed to get a few Bs. I noticed in this faster-paced-get-it-done-now-instant-gratification-let’s-all-be-friends-world, though, that paralegals in today’s market have to more than “manage to get a few Bs.” Success in this field depends upon some great talents. And, if you don’t have that talent, you are forced to do the only thing a good paralegal can do – hire someone.
Marianne Reiner and Cindy Hazelton would be two people I would rely upon. Starting up their language translation biz, these two entrepreneurial women translate legal documents and have sent me a checklist of what I need to look for when I’m demonstrating my excellent skills – in hiring someone, that is. Here is what they have to say:
It’s happened to all of us. You’re involved with an international case. You’ve been focusing on the issues for months and the trial date is fast approaching. You think everything is in order, when suddenly you realize that one of the documents you’re going to enter into evidence isn’t written in the language of the court where you’re going to file. You rush to the internet, type in Legal Translation, and find scores of translation agencies, all advertising that their turnaround time is just a day or so. One even boasts, “Translation at the Speed of the Internet”!
You choose an agency — probably the one at the top of the list- send off the document to be translated and breathe a sigh of relief. Whew, dodged a bullet! But did you?