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Many terms such as attorney, lawyer, and counselor mean different things. Below, several of these terms, including several you may not have heard, are organized below. Additional terms will be added on a later date.
Various Types of Attorneys:
attorney in fact – one who is authorized, via a power of attorney, to act as legal agent in order to transact business, on behalf of his principal. — aka private attorney.
- Private Attorney General’s Act – enables private attorneys who bring lawsuits in the public interest to collect attorney’s fees. 42 U.S.C. § 1988.
- power of attorney – an instrument granting someone authority to act as legal agent or attorney in fact for the grantor, thus creating an agency relationship. — aka letter of attorney; warrant of attorney.
attorney at law – an officer of the court who is licensed to practice law; a lawyer (qualified to advise about legal matters, prepare legal instruments, and represent others in court). — aka public attorney.
- lawyer – someone licensed to practice law, and thus qualified to advise about legal matters, prepare contracts and other legal instruments, and represent others in court.
- practice of law – the professional work of a lawyer (i.e. conducting cases in court, preparing papers necessary to bring about various transactions from conveying land to effecting corporate mergers, preparing legal opinions on points of law, drafting wills and other estate-planning documents, and advising clients on legal questions).
- barrister – in England or Northern Ireland, a lawyer who is admitted to plead at the bar and who may argue cases in superior courts; has a similar function as an American trial lawyer.
- district attorney – an appointed, or, usually elected public officer who conducts actions, generally criminal prosecutions, on behalf of his state in his district, usually a county.. — Abbr. D.A. — aka public prosecutor; state’s attorney; prosecuting attorney.
- United States district attorney – a lawyer appointed by the President to represent, under the direction of the Attorney General, the federal government in civil and criminal cases within a federal district.. — Abbr. USA. — aka United States Attorney.
- prosecuting attorney – an elected or appointed attorney at law, who serves as a public officer, to conduct criminal prosecutions on behalf of his jurisdiction.
- attorney general – chief law officer of a state or of the United States; advises the government on legal matters and represents it in litigation. — Abbr. AG. Pl. attorneys general.
Related Terms, Doctrines, etc.:
attorney’s fee – the charge for services (i.e. hourly fee, flat fee, or contingent fee).
last-link doctrine – the rule that an attorney need not divulge nonprivileged information if doing so would reveal information protected by the attorney-client privilege, especially if the information could lead to indictment or conviction.
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: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6
: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949). Edited by William S. Anderson. © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY. Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931
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