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3 Benefits of Working with Bilingual Attorneys in Texas

A good attorney who understands your case and shows empathy is a rarity. An ideal attorney is highly intelligent, has superb advocacy skills, and strong analytical expertise. They should also be able to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing. Unsurprisingly, the language and verbiage they use also has a vital role to play.

Here’s why you need to seek help from a bilingual attorney, if you’re fighting a lawsuit in Texas:

Texas is a melting pot of multiple languages

Texas is one of the most linguistically diverse states in the country. Immigrants from all over the world have moved and settled here. As the state continues to grow, more languages are spoken at home. You'd be surprised to know that more than one-third of Texas's total population can speak languages other than English. 85% of these people can speak Spanish. In fact, the US has more Spanish speakers than Spain itself.

There are multiple stakeholders involved in the legal proceedings of a case. If you're dealing with a case in Texas, you're likely to encounter witnesses that might not be fluent in English. A bilingual attorney would not only be able to communicate with those witnesses but also prepare before testifying. They'll make sure that the witness's statements are conveyed accurately and not miscontextualized.

A deeper rapport and more trust between you and the attorney

A good attorney doesn't only need to figure out what you're saying. To sympathize with you, they need to soak up your culture and understand where you're coming from. You need to open up to your attorney and be honest about all the specific details of the case.

Even if you have an interpreter translating your case, the attorney won't be able to extend the same level of emotional support because of the language barrier. This is especially important if the nature of the case is very personal and sensitive. When you're able to communicate with your attorney in your language, there will naturally be an association of trust.

Meaningful interpretation of the case

A bilingual attorney will make sure your responses are accurately translated and presented in front of the court. If you speak a language outside of your attorney's lingual fluency, many issues can arise during the hearing. Anything you say in the courthouse can be misinterpreted, which can make things difficult for your case. On the other hand, attorneys with dual fluency can identify issues like these and address them according to the client's needs.

If you’re based in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, or the surrounding areas, look no further than Mike Massey Law. Our estate planning attorneys, living trust lawyer, and probate attorney offer reliable services in exchange for low contingency fees.

Call us at 888-407-2407 for a free initial 10-minute consultation to get started.

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