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What is power of attorney?

Power of attorney is a document of agency whereby the principal appoints an agent or an attorney to do and execute several acts and deeds for and on behalf of the principal. A power of attorney is an express authority in writing.  An attorney is an independent person to whom powers are given under the authority. A power of attorney may be a general power of attorney or a special power of attorney.  A general power of attorney covers more than one subject matter while a special power of attorney relates to a specific subject matter.