Power of Attorney

Power Of Attorney

A power of attorney or letter of attorney in common law systems or mandate in civil law systems is an authorization to act on someone else’s behalf in a legal or business matter. The person authorizing the other to act is the “principal” or “grantor (of the power)”, and the one authorized to act is the “agent” or “attorney-in-fact”.

The attorney-in-fact acts “in the principal’s name,” signing the principal’s name to documents and filing suit with the principal’s name as plaintiff, for example.

A power of attorney may be “special” or “limited” to one specified act or type of act, or it may be “general,” and whatever it defines as its scope is what a court will enforce as being its scope.

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