attorney-in-fact

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Etymology[edit]

From attorney ‎(any personal representative) and fact ‎(act, deed). Both words now rarely have those senses (outside of fixed expressions like this).

Noun[edit]

attorney-in-fact ‎(plural attorneys-in-fact)

  1. (US, law) An agent of the person giving him/her the power of attorney (for a specific purpose or for general purposes) to act on his or her behalf. The attorney-in-fact’s power and responsibilities depend on the specific powers granted in the power of attorney document.

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