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Legal Dictation Transcription, as the name suggests, deals with legal….stuff.  Don’t worry, there is no illegal transcription.  No transcription dealers around the corner or in dark alley ways.  Okay, onto the point now.  Internet has now made it possible for you to browse through several different, almost hundreds of legal dictation transcription services online to suit your needs.  Compared to the old days, it is quite astonishing really what you can achieve with a wafer thin laptop, tablet or smartphone these days. 

How did it work in the Old Days?

Before the days of ecommerce, we’re talking in the 80s and 90s, during the peak days of Michael Jackson and Queen, if you were a lawyer or a paralegal, you would have had to go through yellow pages and have lengthy discussions and negotiations with each legal dictation transcription company you found.  Or roam around in your car around town hoping to find a sign that said “Come in, we do transcription.”  Okay, maybe not that bad, but similar I presume!  You would then have to wait for a paper quote, after which you would carry your recorded tapes to their offices.  Now, depending on the audio equipment you had to record your interviews, and the audio duration, it would have taken them anywhere between weeks to months to transcribe your interviews.  A stenographer would have gotten on their typewriters and typed out pages after pages.  And judging by the hourly rate, you would have ended up paying a fortune!

Faster way to do Legal Dictation Transcription

As mentioned in the first paragraph of this article, as humans we’ve made huge technological leaps.  These days you can record your legal dictation on your smartphone, do a quick Google search for a Legal Dictation Transcription company online, upload your files, receive a quote, and voila, you’re good to go.  Now, because audio transcription is an area that lends itself easier to online commerce than other services, it means there are tons of transcription services online.  And that can make choosing the right service difficult.  Usually people don’t scroll past the first 3 results.  Which is understandable, you know, in this day and age when time management is of utmost importance.

How can Legal Dictation Transcription Help You?

Legal Dictation Transcription services are usually required by:

  • Lawyers/Attorneys
  • Paralegals/Legal Assistants
  • Court Reporters/Journalists
  • Police/FBI

And other departments where an interview or deposition/statement is required to be recorded.  These can be around various different topics; like witnessing an accident, theft, insurance claims, court cases etc.  Lawyers or paralegals sometimes may have to conduct more than 50-70 depositions in a day, which can be an arduous task and a struggle against time.  And you have to keep an accurate record for all of them.  Which adds considerable time and effort if you were to do it yourself.  For effective time management, and to be able to declutter all of that, it’s important that you choose the best legal dictation transcription service online to help ease the pain.

A good legal dictation transcription service can not only save you massive amounts of time and effort by transcribing your recorded audio, but professional quality analysts, like the ones we employ, ensure 99% accuracy, so you don’t have to proofread the transcripts yourself.

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How to Choose the Best Legal Dictation Transcription Service Online

Experience

Legal dictation transcription is not that difficult actually.  There are usually repeated, familiar legal terms, and it’s very rarely related to rocket science.  Unless a rocket scientist is being sued.  You want a company with either legal or general transcription experience.  Companies that have been in the game for more than a couple of years.  Even if their main strength is general transcription, they can pretty much handle any other field of transcription.  We say this because in our experience, general transcription can be the most difficult field of transcription, simply because of the amount of research and general knowledge needed.  We’d say legal dictation transcription and medical transcription are fairly straightforward with a lot of familiar, repeated terms.  Also, for general transcription every project varies greatly from the one before.  In fact every interview could be worlds apart.  You don’t need to be a lawyer to be good at legal dictation transcription.

Cost

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Let’s get down to the brass tacks.  This is what most of you REALLY want to know about.  Freelance transcribers would be the cheapest in this case, followed by small to medium companies, and then large transcription firms who charge extraordinary per minute rates.

Freelance Transcribers:  We have nothing against freelance transcribers, but if you have a large project, we wouldn’t recommend for you to assign it all to a single transcriber.  Simply because it will take much, much longer.

Small to Medium Sized Transcription Companies:  This is your sweet spot.  They have enough members in their team to not delay your project too much.  And they give every client individualized care and attention.  They also care about quality, unlike bigger corporations whose sole aim is to make up numbers.

Large Corporations:  There are companies who own many outsourcing translation and transcription companies.  For them, you are just a number.  There is no individualized attention.  Their customer service isn’t bothered.  Take it or leave it.  Because they outsource transcription in bulk quantities, there is no quality control.  So, they might get your work done faster, but quality may suffer.

Ease of Use & Accuracy

Lawyers get a bad rep.  But we love them.  Our legal dictation transcription service is straightforward.  You can either upload your dictations on our transcription audio upload page or if you have a bulk project, we set up an FTP account for you, where file uploads are a breeze.  That’s really all you have to do, upload files.  We take care of the rest.  We’ll get back to you within a couple of hours with a quote.  And upon your acceptance, return with a well-formatted transcript that is 99% accurate within a few days (or weeks, depending on the duration of the project).

We have amassed considerable experience in the field, almost 15 years now.  We specialize in the following:

  • Attorney Letters
  • Depositions
  • Statements
  • Court Tapes
  • Minutes of Meeting
  • General Correspondence
  • Court Proceedings
  • Police Interrogations

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