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attorney

Legal Definition of attorney

Noun

  1. An alternate word for lawyers or "barrister & solicitor", used mostly in the USA. A person that has been trained in the law and that has been certified to give legal advice or to represent others in litigation.

Definition of attorney

Pronunciation

Noun

attorney (plural attorneys)

  1. (law) In the United States, a lawyer; one who advises or represents others in legal matters as a profession.
  2. 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.

See also

Further reading

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

Peguam

Noun

  1. peguam



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