power of attorney

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of power of attorney

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

First Known Use of power of attorney

1716


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power of attorney

legal Definition of 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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