power of attorney

A written instrument, known as a power of attorney, letter of attorney, or warrant of attorney, People v Smith, 112 Mich 192, 70 NW 466, by which one person, as principal, appoints another as his agent and confers upon him the authority to perform certain specified acts or kinds of acts on behalf of the principal. Arcweld Mfg. Co. v Burney, 12 Wash 2d 212, 121 P2d 350. A written instrument authorizing an attorney at law to appear in an action on behalf of the maker or to confess judgment against him. Treat v Tolman (CA2 NY) 113 F 892. A power of attorney may be general, as where it confers authority to sell property without specification of particular property, or special, as where it authorizes a sale to a particular person. 3 Am J2d Ag § 23. A power of attorney creates an agency relationship, with the giver of the power remaining the legal owner of any property involved. Smith v United States (DC Hawaii) 113 F Supp 702.

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