power of attorney
power of attorney: an instrument containing an authorization for one to act as the agent of the principal that terminates esp. upon revocation by the principal or death of the principal or agent – called also letter of attorney;
du·ra·ble power of attorney /'du̇r-ə-bəl-, 'dyu̇r-/: a power of attorney that becomes effective upon the principal's becoming incompetent or unable to manage his or her affairs and that is often used as a form of advance directive compare living will
general power of attorney: a power of attorney authorizing the agent to carry on business or an enterprise for the principal compare special power of attorney in this entry
irrevocable power of attorney: a power of attorney that cannot be revoked by the principal
special power of attorney: a power of attorney authorizing the agent to carry out a particular business transaction for the principal

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

power of attorney
n.
The authority to act for someone else in legal matters; a document conferring that authority to someone.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


power of attorney
an authority given by one person to another to act in his absence.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


power of attorney
A document that gives another person legal authority to act on your behalf. If you create such a document, you are called the principal, and the person to whom you give this authority is called your agent or attorney-in-fact. If you make a durable power of attorney, the document will continue in effect even if you become incapacitated. (See also: durable power of attorney for finances, durable power of attorney for health care, general power of attorney, limited power of attorney, special power of attorney)
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Living Wills & Medical Powers of Attorney
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Financial Powers of Attorney

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

power of attorney
A document by which one party gives another person the power to act on his behalf and in his name. It may be a general power, a power limited to certain defined purposes, an enduring power of attorney (created before 1 October 2007), or a lasting power of attorney. The person giving the power is called the donor, grantor or principal and the person on whom it is conferred is usually referred to as the donee or attorney.
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Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


power of attorney
n.
1 A written instrument whereby someone is granted the right to perform certain acts as the agent of the grantor; that is, acting in the grantor's behalf.
2 The actual authority granted in this way.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


power of attorney
A written document in which one person (the principal) appoints another person to act as an agent on his or her behalf, thus conferring authority on the agent to perform certain acts or functions on behalf of the principal.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


power of attorney
I
A written document in which one person (the principal) appoints another person to act as an agent on his or her behalf, thus conferring authority on the agent to perform certain acts or functions on behalf of the principal.
II An formal instrument authorizing another to act as one's agent or attorney.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

power of attorney
n.
   a written document signed by a person giving another person the power to act in conducting the signer's business, including signing papers, checks, title documents, contracts, handling bank accounts and other activities in the name of the person granting the power. The person receiving the power of attorney (the agent) is "attorney in fact" for the person giving the power, and usually signs documents as "Melinda Hubbard, attorney in fact for Guilda Giver." There are two types of power of attorney: a) general power of attorney, which covers all activities, and b) special power of attorney, which grants powers limited to specific matters, such as selling a particular piece of real estate, handling some bank accounts or executing a limited partnership agreement. A power of attorney may expire on a date stated in the document or upon written cancellation. Usually the signer acknowledges before a notary public that he/she executed the power, so that it is recordable if necessary, as in a real estate transaction.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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