Power Of Attorney Definition

A document that gives another person legal authority to act on your behalf. If you create such a document, you are called the principal, and the person to whom you give this authority is called your agent or attorney-in-fact. If you make a durable power of attorney, the document will continue in effect even if you become incapacitated. (See also: durable power of attorney for finances, durable power of attorney for health care, general power of attorney, limited power of attorney, special power of attorney)