Attorney-in-fact

Definition

An agent authorized to act on behalf of another person, but not necessarily authorized to practice law, e.g. a person authorized to act by a power of attorney. An attorney in fact is a fiduciary. Also known as attorney in fact or private attorney.

For example, Person A might give a power of attorney to Person B that allows Person B to manage Person A's bank accounts. In this example, Person A is the principal, and Person B is the attorney-in-fact.

Illustrative caselaw

See, e.g. Sperry v. State of Fla. ex. rel Florida Bar, 373 U.S. 379 (1963).

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