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A written instrument which authorizes one person to act as another’s agent or attorney. The power of attorney may be for a definite, specific act, or it may be general in nature. The terms of the written power of attorney may specify when it will expire. If not, the power of attorney usually expires when the person granting it dies. Some institutions require that you use the bank’s power of attorney forms. (The bank may refer to this as a Durable Power of Attorney: The principal grants specific rights to the agent.)