Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Guia Bilingue Legal Para Todos/Bilingual Legal Guide For All

Bilingual Legal Guide for All by Yolanda J. Izurieta is a new tool for helping Spanish speakers understand legal terms and processes they will encounter while navigating the American legal system.  The material is divided into nine subject sections:  Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bankruptcy, Business, Criminal, Family, Juvenile, Probate and Elder, Real Property/Landlord Tenant and Wills Trusts and Estate law. 

While written with a definite California legal perspective, the English and Spanish side by side definitions for much of the subject matter would be helpful in explaining legal concepts to a Spanish speaker with limited English skills.  This Guide could be a useful resource for an English speaking attorney to use with a client struggling with concepts.  If the attorney felt that the English definition was appropriate, the Spanish definition right below could be given to the client for guidance.