4 Ways LinguistIt Is Changing Legal Translation in Israel 

I am going to do something unpopular on corporate blogs. I’m not going to beat around the bush. I am going to tell you why I know that LinguistIt offers something entirely new and yes better to the world of Israeli legal translation and why I am confident that you, your clients and your firm will gain qualitatively by LinguistIt for all your legal translation needs.

1. LinguistIt only uses Lawyer-Linguists to Translate Legal Documents

It is essential that translators understand the content of their translations. This is doubly true for sensitive legal documents, which require precision and are susceptible to small mistakes, which can be extremely costly. Lawyers have studied law in school, interned,  practice and keep up to date with the trends. So they are justifiably cautious when avoiding use of “legal translators” whose qualifications involve no more than calling themselves “legal translators.”

LinguistIt is unique in that it is founded by an Israel Bar Association certified lawyer who developed an expertise in translation. We have a growing team of in-house lawyer-linguists and ensure that every document that we translate is handled, translated, proofread and edited by our translator-attorneys.

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2. LinguistIt Cuts Out the Agency Middlemen    

When Israeli law firms seek out translation work, they often turn to large translation agencies who in-turn then hand the translations off to freelancers while taking a cut of the profit. LinguistIt continues to grow a team of in-house lawyer-linguists and trusted partners in order to meet the needs of our clients without turning to agency middlemen. This gives us the unique ability to guarantee the quality and legal accuracy of the translation, while at the same time keeping rates competitive.

3. LinguistIt’s Lawyers Understand What Lawyers Need 

LinguistIt is able to put our clients face to face with our lawyer-linguists and cater to their particular needs and deadlines. The LinguistIt team is comprised of lawyers who also understand the particular stresses and demands of the legal world in general and the Israeli legal community in particular.

We understand the hassles of ill-formatted, incorrect or sloppy translations, and the cost our clients pay for them in time and aggravation. In turn, we guarantee that our work will always meet expectations because it is our team that does the work with care, expertise, attention to detail and a rigorous proofreading process.

4. On-Time, Every Time

LinguistIt uses its consistent team of in-house lawyer-linguists to guarantee that we meet our clients’ timetables. We routinely field complicated translation work for large firms, major corporations as well as individuals and small businesses and meet even their most urgent deadlines.

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LinguistIt Legal and Business Translations is a boutique legal translation firm that utilizes in-house lawyer-linguists, cutting out the agency middlemen, in order to provide the highest quality translations of legal and business documents with a commitment to customer service. We are proud to expertly serve clients ranging from leading Israeli law firms to start-ups and small businesses. Check us out on our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin for daily updates on the worlds of legal translation, international and Israeli law.

LinguistIt: The Nexus of Law and Language

At LinguistIt Translations, it is our mission to provide the highest-quality Hebrew and English translations for financial, legal, and business documents while working with our clients to ensure that their deadlines and preferences are consistently met. It is an ambitious goal, but it is a focused one, and this vision guides our corporate decisions. From the team we assemble, to the software we use, the process that each project undergoes, the communities of practice we are part of, and our steadfast commitment to our team’s continuing education, our vision remains at the forefront throughout.

legal-translationFor example, every legal document that we process – be it a routine form or a complex pleading – is translated, proofread, and edited by experienced translators who are also licensed attorneys. Moreover, we continue to expand our team by adding more full-time attorneys with translation experience. As one can imagine, this is more difficult than relying on anonymous freelancers as done by many large translation agencies. But we do so because the best Hebrew and English legal translation can only be accomplished by a team of seasoned translators with the legal knowledge needed to ensure the clarity, quality, and accuracy of the translation.

Likewise, while we are able to service other language combinations as well, we focus our energy on Hebrew and English translations because we believe in the importance of native proficiency and refuse to accept a job unless we are certain that we can execute it perfectly. We do not advertise every possible language combination, but we guarantee that when we say we can do the job, we are saying that it will be done right the first time.

Most of all, this vision stems from our recognition that LinguistIt is not just part of the Language Service industry but must strive to be part of the legal community as well. Our blog is going to be evolving to meet that vision. Therefore, over the upcoming weeks and months, we will continue to use the blog as means to examine elements of translation and legal translation. While doing so, we will also be expanding it to cover topics of interest in the English and Hebrew speaking legal communities. This reflects our firm belief that LinguistIt is not only a translation service but a member of the constellation of the larger Israeli legal community.

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“Next Practices” After 3,000 Years: The Coming Revolution in Legal Translation

Legal translation is nearly as old as law itself. As one can imagine, a field so old as to be attested to by versions of the Egyptian-Hittite Peace Treaty of 1271 B.C. preserved in Akkadian cuneiform on clay tablets and in Egyptian hieroglyphics can be pretty slow to evolve, particularly in the region that birthed it. The standard amongst Israeli law firms has long been to use bilingual articulated clerks or young lawyers fresh out of school to do the job of translating legal documents. This system has become one of the entrenched “best practices” in the Israeli legal community. But it is time to disrupt this system with “next practices” – the outsourcing the translation and proofreading of contracts, pleadings, etc. to teams of skilled and expert legal translators.

The Hittite Version of the Treaty of Kadesh (on display at Istanbul Archaeology Museums)

The Hittite Version of the Treaty of Kadesh (on display at Istanbul Archaeology Museums)

While the “best practice” places the value on keeping work in-house, the “next practice” of utilizing expert legal translation firms guarantees the highest quality, as it puts the task in the hands of experts with years of experience. Over the next few weeks, we will explore why this “next practice” is rightfully the future of the industry. This week will focus on the value of expertise and keeping translations error-free.

Mistakes in the translation of legal documents are remarkably costly and have led to international disputes (such as the case with the bungled translation of the Treaty of Waitangi) and in criminal cases has led to the dismissal of charges, mistrials and even false convictions. In torts, contract, and corporate law, mistranslation has cost corporations hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties, lawsuits, and legal fees. Using the right team of legal translators like the firm I work with LinguistIt who only uses experienced with legal backgrounds makes sure those mistakes don’t happen.

The reason that even your most fluently bilingual interns, young lawyers, or clerks are more mistake-prone is because they are trained and are supposed to be training to be lawyers, and have not received special education in legal translation.  Even a natural inclination for translation cannot replace the experience of translating documents for years. After all, by the time they become proficient or have enough experience to do a great job,  they will likely no longer be interns, young lawyers, or clerks, and a new batch of rookies will begin. This lack of experience by even the most gifted bilingual lawyers often leads to embarrassing and costly mistakes.

The Hieroglyphic text of the treaty inscribed on a temple wall in Karnak.

The Hieroglyphic text of the treaty inscribed on a temple wall in Karnak.

Indeed, the “next practice” is built on the understanding that there is a difference between a bilingual person who was educated in law and lawyers who focus on translating legal documents (such as at LinguistIt, where our team is made up and supervised by lawyers who have practiced law before specializing in translation). Legal translators need to quickly navigate not only legalese in two languages but make sure that the documents are readable and understandable, while retaining their intended meaning. Skill is required to recognize the reality that “every translation is an interpretation,” while at the same time making sure that linguistic interpretation does not deviate from the intentions of the original source. Being able to deftly navigate these consideration and save you, your business, or your firm from embarrassment or worse – requires great legal translation skills. And like in sports, these skills are the admixture of a discernible amount of talent, a deep knowledge of the fundamentals, and lots and lots of practice and experience. Put simply: with a major client, a big deal or a pending lawsuit – you want to have the advantage, so stop using the “best practices” and use the “next practice,” and call in the experts.

Next week, we will explore how LinguistIt not only presents an alternative to in-house translation but is also disrupting orthodoxies of the giant catch-all freelance translation agencies by employing lawyers who are also experienced translators. This allows them to ensure that their work is useful, accurate and customized to your needs. We will explain how moving from “best practices” to “next practices” will save your company or the lawyers in your firm aggravation and time that could otherwise be concentrated on your clients and your business.