11/9/17 The Difference between Attorney-in-fact and Attorney-at-law

The Difference between Attorney-in-fact and Attorney-at-law

An attorney at law is simply a lawyer authorized to practice law before a court. This term comes from England, where lawyers authorized to practice in the common law courts were known as attorneys at law.

An attorney in fact is an agent authorized by a “power of attorney” to act on behalf of another in order to perform some particular act or for some particular purpose. The attorney in fact need not be an attorney at law.

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