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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
[dr-ə-bəl-, dyr-]
: 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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