COSTS AND PAYMENT PROCEDURES

These apply to the translation of Latin documents or printed texts into English.

Advance payment is not required - unlike the practice of most other translation services. You will not be asked for payment until you have seen and approved a sample translation of about 100 English words from your Latin text. Payment for the sample, which will not exceed 95, is then due. At this stage you can discuss how you wish to proceed. In the case of longer texts the remainder of the translation will normally be delivered in instalments. Payment for each instalment is due upon its receipt. A small additional charge is made to cover costs of stationery, printing, telephone and postage where applicable.

HOW INDIVIDUAL COSTS ARE CALCULATED:
Please note that as Latin texts vary greatly in subject-matter, range of vocabulary and complexity of language, as well as in format (printed or manuscript), costs vary accordingly. Therefore they are usually calculated on the basis of hours worked rather than the number of words in the purchased translation. This enables us to charge a fair price based on an accurate calculation of true costs. Our practice of carrying out a sample allows us to provide you at an early stage with an individual and reasonably accurate forecast of the total cost.

CONTROLLING YOUR LEVEL OF EXPENSE:
If you wish, you can impose a ceiling of your choice on the total cost. This can be done at any time provided that it relates to work not already carried out. If necessary, the more important passages in a text can be selected for translation.

A BENCHMARK OF CURRENT COST:
For a Latin legal document such as a standard land transfer deed, in print or very clear handwriting, the typical cost averages 95 per hundred words of English translation (2017 rates). Please note that 100 English words are produced from, on average, 72 words of Latin, due to its condensed nature.

Manuscripts which are not so clearly legible, or in a codified form, are usually subcontracted to well-qualified specialists who convert them into print prior to translation. This necessary service incurs a moderate additional charge.

MOTTOES AND SLOGANS:
For very short translations there is a minimum charge of 55. Mottoes can also be translated from English into Latin - charges start at 95.

HOW TO PAY:
Please make payments to 'Deborah Adlam' by cheque, or by credit card by arrangement. Payment in sterling is requested. Customers outside the UK have used bank drafts as a convenient method of payment.

YOUR PURCHASED PRODUCT:
Translations are printed in Times New Roman font in double-spaced lines on one side of A4 pages, and packaged in a presentation folder on request. If you prefer, you can receive them as an email attachment.

Various extras can be purchased, such as a glossary of legal terms used in your text, footnotes explaining the historical background, or a translator's certificate of authenticity.