Definition of attorney
attorney (plural attorneys)
- (law) In the United States, a lawyer; one who advises or represents others in legal matters as a profession.
- An agent or representative authorized to act on someone else's behalf.
Usage note: In this sense, the word is now used to refer to nonlawyers usually only in fixed phrases such as attorney-in-fact or power of attorney.
Attorney at law
Attorney at law or attorney-at-law, usually shortened in everyday speech to attorney, is the official name for a lawyer in certain countries, including Japan, Sri Lanka and the United States.
England and Wales
The term was also used in England and Wales for lawyers who practised in the common law courts. In 1873, however, attorneys were redesignated solicitors (which had always been the title for those lawyers who practised in the courts of equity). Attorneys did not generally actually appear as advocates in the higher courts, a role reserved (as it still generally is) for barristers.
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Translation of attorney in Malay