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Translation of official documents, UK
Thread poster: Kristina Wolf

Kristina Wolf  Identity Verified
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Spanish to German
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Oct 11, 2006


I recently am getting more request from private, one-off clients for translation of marriage certificates, etc. mainly to obtain residency.
I was wondering about what kind of charge would be appropiate, so am grateful for any guidance. This would be a charge for a certified translation but without notarisation.


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peiling  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:50
Partial member (2006)
Chinese to English
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By the hour Oct 11, 2006

Hi Kristina,

I translate a lot of birth/death certificates and I usually charge by the hour. Hope that helps.

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Spencer Allman
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Finnish to English
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It is entirely up to you Oct 12, 2006

There are so many varaiables involved that it is hard to give a hard and fast answer. If you are based in the UK you don't need a notary's endorsement.
Just charge your normal rates with a substantial minimum charge, as sometimes the documents are quite short.
This can be quite lucrative work, as you tend to create templates for documents that are often very similar.

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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Russian to English
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Minimum charge Oct 12, 2006

I find these are usually short enough to be invoiced at my minimum charge, which in my case is £20. Educational qualifications are usually much longer, so I charge at my usual rate/1000 words.

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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
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Turkish to English
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Twenty pounds Oct 12, 2006

Well, when I was freelancing in the UK in 2000-2002, I used to add twenty pounds to the normal translation fee if clients wanted me to have the translation sworn in at a solicitor's. I seem to recall that the fee at the solicitor's was about ten pounds, and I felt that the remaining ten pounds was reasonable compensation for the time and trouble involved in attending at the solicitor's office.
This was my own personal practice and I have no idea what other people do. Of course, solicitors' fees may have changed since then, but I hope this repy gives you some guidance.

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Graciela Carlyle  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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English to Spanish
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Do them all the time Oct 15, 2006

Loads of people getting married abroad need several documents translated into Spanish. I charge £50 per document including witnessing by solicitor's if they are under 500 words.

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