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    Fowles
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        Looking for several A4 pages of text to be translated into Greek accurately! Also, would like to pay a fair fee not to be ripped off – has anybody got any personal experience of having this done for a legal document please?

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        #29171
        latsida
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            We had a four page UK Tax form translated by a lawyer in Neapoli about six years ago then it cost thirty Euros.
            I think the British Council has a translation service, also I believe if it is a legal document it must be done by a lawyer.
            http://www.britishcouncil.org/greece-education-document-translation-and-verification.htm

            http://www.translatorsbase.com/post_project.aspx?url_entry=OfficialTranslation&tt=official&gclid=CIv69YrX1aYCFcomfAodu0nsGw

            #29413
            PLUTO
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                There are two kinds of “Greek legal papers”:
                – those who need a legalized translation: legal documents issued by official bodies: diplomas, birth and marriage, skill certificates, … all papers that have to be presented in Court or to an official institution. These translations have to be done by a lawful translator who possesses a legalized signature and stamp and whom you can find at the local Law courts where there is a room where translators gather. Habitually, a secretary accepts the papers and gives them to the appropriate translator. He or she tells you when you may come back to collect them. You will pay him/her and she will give back an amount to the translator.  The amount varies greatly according to the place where you live, the language of the papers and many more criteria I suppose.
                You can also try to find a translator in the local telephone book, in the yellow pages, but the previous solution is the easiest and cheapest one. There is no need at all to ask a private lawyer for a translation, neither to rush to an embassy! The British council in Athens or Thessaloniki is another option.
                – those who do not need a legalized translation: rental and other agreements, wills, … all documents written by the owner(s) himself/themselves. Signatories of an agreement or a will, whatever the language, sign the papers themselves, eventually countersigned by witnesses and they are perfectly valid.  Since in the past there have been many abuses, Greek authorities (police, Town Hall, …) demand that those papers be validated, so to say, by having the signature(s) authenticated by a Town Hall official, who stamps and countersigns the owner’(s’) signature(s), which have to be append in his presence. The translation of those papers can be done by the signatories or by anyone sufficiently qualified to translate accurately a text into Greek.
                Depending on the willingness of local officials, they will or will not accept a UK tax form, pink forms, … which are not translated by a legally recognized translator.
                All this is based on experience and facts. I came to Crete with all my legal papers already translated by a lawful translator because I planned to work here and I do. Since two were missing, I used the first mentioned solution. I collected my papers after two days. It took me only two weeks to be officially registered at the Ministry and one month to find an office and start practicing, which, I think, is an absolute record. I have to add that this was only possible because I already spoke fluent Greek and because I could show them a university master degree in Greek as translator/interpreter which I did not legalize in Greece because it is not my profession, only a casual occupation. In ten years time, I have made hundreds of translations from and into Greek, English, German, French and Dutch; none of them was ever refused, but then again, they were not legal documents as described in the first part of this post. Examples: wills, rental agreements, restriction on property agreements, one death certificate (exception!), medical certificates and reports, and the like.
                A last word: in the past, a rental agreement (three copies) had to be countersigned and stamped by the tax office. Since the recent new green law, no rental agreement will be accepted if not accompanied by a “green certificate” delivered by an expert. The cost of this expertise is at charge of the owner because without it, he cannot let it.

                #29575
                victoriaww
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                    Hi!

                    What are this documents about? As Pluto said, there are different kinds of documents. You may want to check this websites (there are all in Greek, but use a translator…). I really don’t know if they are certified, but you didn’t specify what do you need…

                    Info about Certified Translations: http://www.translators.gr/articles/Legalization.aspx
                    A Translating Agency in Athens: http://www.texto.gr/el/

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                    hope to help you!

                    #29703
                    Robertson
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                        The Greek Foreign Ministry has a Translation Service which is helpful, efficient and modestly-priced. Based in Athens but you don’t have to go in person: phone them up to explain what you want. You pay via the post office.

                        http://www.mfa.gr/www.mfa.gr/en-US/Services/Citizen+Services/Translation+Service/

                        #29806
                        Fowles
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                            Thanks all and thank you Pluto! Will get in touch, following further enquiries.

                            #29883
                            victoriaww
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                                You may also want this information about another company of xxxx URL deleted by admin as the member is using the forum simply to promote their web translation service in Spanish based in Argentina.

                                Regards,
                                Victoria

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