Catherine Diallo

Catherine Diallo Certified Translator

Catherine Diallo

Certified German, French, and English Translator

Non-practising lawyer (LL.B., LL.M.) and certified translator (C. Tr.)

Supporting legal and financial service providers, consultants, and individuals navigate the Canadian and international landscape effectively and meet their diverse linguistic requirements with accurate & precise French, German, and English translations.

What you're looking for

Quality

You may be worried that the translator won’t understand complex legal or financial terminology, so you consider translation skills and subject-matter expertise as equally important when hiring a translator.

 

Costs

You received a large volume of documents from your client and need to figure out which ones must be translated, but you don’t have the time or language skills to do so. The last thing you want is to pay a middleman or spend money on unnecessary work.

Time

You need to get a complicated legal document translated for an upcoming trial. The translation must be certified, and time is of the essence.

Communication

You would like to reach out to the translator directly, rather than dealing with ever-changing project managers.

Confidentiality

You wish to entrust your confidential documents to one person only and hire them again if needed.

 

Recognition

You must make sure that the translation respects all formal requirements as set out by the requesting authority.

Why work with me

The decision to become a legal and financial translator came naturally to me, given my career experience in legal, regulatory, and financial advisory services. I have expert knowledge of:

Legal proceedings
Canadian immigration procedures
Investment policies
Company incorporations
Legal drafting

Experience

Trained lawyer (non-practising) with 10 years of experience in legal drafting and legal, financial, and business translation.

Areas of expertise

I focus on certified and non-certified translations for legal professionals, financial professionals, and international companies. If your request is not within my field of expertise, I will refer you to a trusted colleague.

Reliability

Over 1,000 successfully completed translation projects.

 
 

Never miss a deadline

My translations are delivered on time.

Honesty

When clients hire me as a consultant, I inform them of what needs to be translated for their specific undertaking. No “squeezing the lemon.”

 

Alignment

I ensure that my translations are accurate and reflect the original document’s content, cultural nuances, and tone.

 

Flexibility

Any formal requirements, such as a stamp on each page or specific wording in the certified translator’s statement, can be accommodated.

Responsiveness

I remain available for questions throughout and after the translation process.

Trust

I am legally bound by confidentiality obligations and will not disclose your documents to any third party without prior approval.

 
 

Legal Translation Services

Legal translation services play a key role in bridging linguistic gaps, avoiding costly misunderstandings, and facilitating cultural & economic exchanges across international borders.

As a certified translator (C. Tr.) and non-practising lawyer (LL.B., LL.M.), I am committed to offering specialized legal translation services, strategically developed to provide accurate translations that respect the nuanced complexities of legal language, ensuring effective communication and understanding across different legal systems.

Human
Translation

I translate your legal documents in accordance with the highest standards of accuracy and reliability. I also adapt the translated text to local requirements and customs.

Bilingual
Editing

Do you already have a human translation and want to make sure it’s flawless? I’m happy to review the work for you to guarantee accuracy and style.

Translation
Consulting

Are you uncertain about which legal documents require a translation? I can advise you based on your specific needs and goals, helping you avoid any unnecessary spending.

Areas of expertise

Legal text types include

*but are not limited to

Agreements
Articles of Association
Birth Certificates
By-laws
Company Policies
Compliance Manuals
Conventions
Contracts

Court Documents
Death Certificates
Ethical Codes
Investment Prospectuses
Legal Marketing Material
Marriage Certificates
Official Documents
Patient’s Provision

Power of Attorney
Privacy Policies
Protection Mandates
Terms & Conditions
Vital Records
White Papers
Wills

Pricing

I bill my legal translation services by the hour or by the project. I also offer discounts for 3- and 6-month retainers. 

Please contact me for a project-specific quote. I accept payments in US dollars, Canadian dollars, and Euros.

FAQ

Artificial intelligence is becoming a widespread tool to help translators manage large volumes of text. Nuance and tone, however, cannot be recognized or translated by machines. It is also impossible to achieve a consistent text with AI tools. For example, the terms “contract” and “agreement” tend to be used interchangeably—and mistakenly—in machine translations. Lawyers cannot let such errors affect their image. To ensure your texts perfectly reflect the intended meaning, you need a translator who understands and knows how to convey that meaning.

I communicate proactively with clients to understand their terminology and other preferences. My multilingual glossaries and translation memories ensure that translated texts are consistent in terms of expression, tone, and format.

It may sound old-fashioned, but I print complex translations for revision. Despite the help of automated grammar and spell checks, nothing beats reading a text on paper with a fresh set of eyes.

Depending on the level of complexity, the translation is reviewed by a trusted colleague if budget and time constraints permit.

As every document is different, turnaround time can only be determined once I know more about the document. Please contact me to get a quote and an expected turnaround time.

Yes, there is an additional fee for an expedited turn around. 

Ultimately, it’s up to you. I usually send them via email in PDF format, but some clients prefer Word. Besides PDF format, I can also provide certified translations in hard copy.

I accept credit card payments, bank transfers, checks, and Interac e-transfer. 

Yes. If your referral leads to a one-time assignment, you will receive a 15% discount on your next translation. If it leads to a long-term agreement with advance payments, you will receive a 20% discount. 

Professional affiliations

Interested in learning more about legal translation services?

Dive into my blog where I highlight the vital importance of precise & accurate legal translations. My blog also offers detailed guides on working with translators, clarifies the differences between regular and certified translators, and covers a range of other related topics.

Managing highly complex legal texts requires in-depth knowledge of the subject, as well as, ideally, formal legal training, which administrative staff normally do not have.

That said, it is essential to hire the right translator for the job when outsourcing legal translations.  

But who is the right person for the job? And what else needs to be considered?

Let’s look at it in more detail.

It is crucial that the translated version of a legal document accurately captures the original text’s meaning. As legal terminology is precise and nuanced, consistency is necessary for the translated text to faithfully convey the original text’s meaning and content.

Whatever the inconsistency may be, one fact remains true: inconsistencies are costly.

Let’s talk more about it.

Legal Translation Services