Translation and interpreting for legal matters

For over fifty years now, KERN has been working with attorneys, legal departments, notaries, tax advisors, courts, authorities, and private clients to answer all their questions regarding foreign-language communication. You can find further information on the translation agency KERN Global Language Services in this information leaflet.

KERN has extensive experience in the field of translation, including the following specialist legal texts:
  • (Basic) Contracts and agreements
  • Birth and marriage certificates
  • Passports and other forms of identification document
  • Business agreements, transcripts for meetings and negotiations, issue prospectuses and financial documents
  • Patent specifications and applications, documents involving technological development, and patent claims
  • Summonses, writs, court rulings, statements under oath, affidavits and attestations
  • Auditors' and expert reports
  • Balance sheets as well as profit and loss accounts
  • Expert reports (e.g. Private, arbitration or court reports)
  • Wills and powers of attorney
  • Property handover certificates and rental agreements
  • Performance records, certificates, account statements and documents relating to citizenship or asylum
  • Insolvency records and documents
  • Other legal texts

Express service

KERN's language teams are available 24 hours a day. Our Express Service allows you to keep to the tightest of deadlines – completely irrespective of the scope and complexity of the texts.


Our certified court interpreters interpret into two or more official languages, for example, in:

  • Proceedings in the German federal courts
  • Meetings in advance of court hearings and during witness accounts
  • Police interviews
  • Interrogations, hearings, judicial and extra-judicial mediation

Document evaluation

KERN language teams, made up of qualified translators and interpreters, are specialised in the appraisal and inspection of documents on-site and will work with you on every page to ensure that the relevant documents are prepared for a mandate. We will assist you in the compilation of a mandate-specific glossary of technical terms, so that consistent terminology is always used in your mandating documentation and affidavits.

Certification of patent translations

If a certification of your patent application translation is required, KERN can provide this service using a sworn translator or via a Translator's Certificate at any time.


The confidential handling of your documents is a matter of course for KERN.

Machine translation solutions for legal and contractual texts - a cost-efficient solution

Are you looking for a way to have your legal and contractual texts translated quickly and cost-effectively?

Our machine translation solution Mt4client™ could be right for you! This means you benefit from software that can be tailored to your needs - for example, terminology databases can be integrated into the system to ensure consistent translations. You don’t have to worry about your data when using MT4client™. The data in the MT solution isn’t available to third parties and, unlike freely available translation tools, is secure.

For internal communications purposes or short-lived email traffic, simply making use of MT4client™ is perfectly fine. For complex legal documents, we would recommend extensive post editing. That way legal and contractual texts can be intensively reworked, which ensures quality.  

Your benefits at a glance:

  • Urgent jobs can be completed even quicker
  • Individual requirements for technical terminology are taken into account
  • Data protection Secure handling of sensitive data
  • Quality assurance through comprehensive post editing Intensive post editing of translations of complex legal documents
  • and much more

Just look here for more information and feel free to come to us with any questions you have!

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