Student or Learner
I'd like to know how somebody who's been invested with power of attorney by somebody else is reffered to in common, everyday English. I know that the technical term would be "an attorney" but I fear that by using it I might cause a confusion with the other meaning of the term attorney - i.e., a lawyer. If, for instance, a relative is going to spend a year abroad or whatever and gives me limited power of attorney to act as his representative in financial matters with his bank (open/close accounts, sign cheques, make withdrawals, authorize payments, etc.) what would I be to his bank? His attorney? His proxy? Does the term proxy indicate that the person acting as a representative has legal right to do so or is it only used for people who represent someone informally? And now a secondary question on the same subject: what do you call the physical document that gives you power of attorney, as in the sentence "you will need copies of the ______ and of the account holder's ID" ?
Your help will be much appreciated.