Canadian Financial, Real Estate and Mortgage Glossary

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Power of Attorney

Synonyms:letter of attorney, living will
Acronyms &
Filed Under: financial-banking, legal-contracts
Tags: document, legal

Definition of power of attorney (PA, POA)

power of attorney (PA, POA)
1. When one party authorizes another party to act on his or her behalf in business dealings. For example, someone with power of attorney can sign cheques or other legal documents for the person who gave authorization. A written document is required to prove that power of attorney has been granted.

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