Reading of notary deed
Thread poster: laura_salvadori
How much will you charge to read a notary deed in Chinese?I am Italian, so Chinese is not my mother tongue. I do not know yet the length of the document, they just told me the meeting will last more or less half an hour
| | Tina Vonhof
Local time: 00:48
Dutch to English
| Question not clear || Oct 4, 2016 |
What do you mean by 'read' the notary deed? Are you expected to translate it as you go along? Are you comfortable with that?
| question has come up before || Oct 5, 2016 |
Assuming that this is about literally reading the notary deed in Chinese:
Be absolutely certain that the translation has been done ahead of time and that this is purely about fulfilling the formality that the deed be read aloud by the notary. Make sure that you are given the translation ahead of time, so that you can look through it and practice until you are able to read it extremely quickly without it becoming unintelligible for your listeners. (And honestly ask yourself whether or not you are able to fulfill this requirement.) Make sure that the notary's clients are given the translation in advance, so that they already know everything and can clear up any concerns in advance.
If anyone starts giving you vague answers or putting things off, then you should run away from this project: It is not possible for anyone to interpret or sight-translate at the speed notaries read documents and these sessions are not there to clear up any points of concern or confusion. They are meant to be purely a formality and generally are. It might make sense to charge three hours (1 1/2 hours for the reading and preparation plus 1 1/2 hours of travel time) and then charge extra if the meeting lasts significantly more than half an hour - or you could make everyone's life easier and simply charge a half-day, which would also cover everything if the meeting lasts two or three times longer.
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