Attorney in Fact

Definition

An [wex: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 [wex:power of attorney]. An attorney in fact is a [wex: 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).

See also

  • [[wex:agency|Agency]]

  • [wex:Attorney]