Power-of-attorney meaning

The authority to act on behalf of a person in certain specified matters, such as financial dealings, or in general.
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A legal instrument granting such authority.
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A written statement legally authorizing a person to act for another.
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A written, legal document that authorizes another person to act for the writer of the power of attorney. The power of attorney may be narrowly defined, in which case it would be called a limited power of attorney. A power of attorney also may be limited to deciding health care issues, in which case it is called a health care power of attorney.
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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.
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The actual authority granted in this way.
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(uncountable, law) The legal authorisation of one person to act as the agent of another.

He confirmed that he had power of attorney.

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(countable, law) A legal document allowing one person to act as the agent of another.

Here you can apply for a power of attorney.

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Origin of power-of-attorney

  • From earlier sense of attorney indicating any personal representative.

    From Wiktionary