power of attorney

noun phrase

: a legal instrument authorizing one to act as the attorney or agent of the grantor

Examples of power of attorney in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That file can also include a power of attorney form for financial matters, said Evan Potash, a wealth management adviser at TIAA, the financial services nonprofit. Daniel De Visé, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2024 On March 15, Wolcott police were reportedly contacted by the firm again and told that Pratte had dropped off a document naming Pratte the power of attorney over Hamel’s finances, the warrant affidavit said. Justin Muszynski, Hartford Courant, 19 June 2024 But the power of attorney was never revoked after Sawusch’s release from jail. Brittny Mejia, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2024 The officials further named Yanni Zheng for allegedly acting under the power of attorney for Wang and participating in business transactions and making purchases and payments on Wang's behalf, including for a luxury beachfront condominium in Thailand. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 28 May 2024 Cut to the next scene, with Jeff and Larry signing the power of attorney over to Susie, each wearing an eye patch — Larry because of the keys toss; Jeff presumably because an angry Susie socked him. Sarah Nechamkin, Vulture, 25 Mar. 2024 His financial assets are held in a trust, with Hard named as trustee as well as Wilson’s power of attorney. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 9 May 2024 That violated the scope of the power of attorney agreement, prosecutors say. The Enquirer, 1 Apr. 2024 The charges stem from Hill meeting with the 96-year-old woman in March 2021, taking power of attorney over her a month later and allegedly exploiting her financially for about three years, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Jonathan Limehouse, USA TODAY, 3 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1716, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of power of attorney was in 1716

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“Power of attorney.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/power%20of%20attorney. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition

power of attorney

: an instrument containing an authorization for one to act as the agent of the principal that terminates especially upon revocation by the principal or death of the principal or agent

called also letter of attorney

durable power of attorney
: a power of attorney that becomes effective immediately and is not affected by the principal's subsequent incapacity or that becomes effective only upon the principal's incapacity
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
health care power of attorney
: a power of attorney authorizing an agent to make health care decisions in the event of incapacity

called also medical power of attorney

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
springing power of attorney
: a power of attorney that comes into effect only upon the occurrence of a specified condition (as the incapacity of the principal)

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