Translation of legal documents: formatting?
Thread poster: Ldiesman

Ldiesman  Identity Verified
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English to Spanish
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Feb 16, 2012


I have received my first commission as a newly licensed California Court Interpreter, and I was wondering how you all start the process.

When translating a form, do you create your own template that matches the English version? Is that typically acceptable? I'm translating documents from a divorce between a United States citizen and her spouse from Mexico. I want to make sure the documents are formatted in a way that is acceptable to governments. In school they always said the rule of thumb is to make the translation look as much like the original as possible. Any recommendations?

Thank you!



Tina Vonhof
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Dutch to English
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Yes Feb 16, 2012

Absolutely. I often use tables for that purpose: it is easy to move things around, get them in the exact spot where you want them, and when you're done everything will stay in place.

[Edited at 2012-02-16 17:33 GMT]


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