Conflict of interests?
Thread poster: Maria Milagros

Maria Milagros
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Sep 8, 2009

Off topic. Dear all, I want your comments on whether there is a legal restriction or a conflict of interest in this case:

A certified translator is translating a general power of attorney. The certified translator is one of the proxies mentioned in the document. Can a translator translate a document in which he himself is one of the participants /interested parties?
Note: The document is issued in Venezuela and it is being translated to be used in the USA after due notarizing at the US embassy in Venezuela.
Thanks in advance for your comments.
María Milagros


Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
United States
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Yes Sep 9, 2009

At least there would appear to be a conflict of interest, so it should be avoided. As to legalities, I can give no professional opinion.


Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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Bad idea normally Sep 9, 2009

I have no idea about the legality of it, and I imagine that if there are no problems along the way, it could work.

However, if there is any dispute at all amongst the parties and it is revealed that one party (the translator) had this dual rôle, it could put the translator in a very bad light with all sorts of accusations of "foul play", whether well-founded or completely unfounded.


Maria Milagros
Local time: 11:47
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Thank you, Henry and Sheila Sep 9, 2009

Grateful for your comments, colleagues. Maria Milagros


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