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Determining Legal Authority in Commercial Title Transactions

calender icon 6/27/2022    poster icon  Mark Goodman

In commercial real estate transactions involving business entities, conveyances are done by agents of the company. It’s important to ensure that a corporate agent has the required authority to transact on behalf of the business. An agent’s authority can be actual, implied, or apparent. In this article, we’re going to briefly explain each of those three types of authority.

Actual Authority

The first type of legal authority is actual authority, which is defined as authority that has been intentionally given to the agent by the principal.

Implied Authority

The next type of legal authority is implied authority, which results because of an agent’s relationship with the principal or the principal’s business. For example, a principal may not have intentionally authorized an employee to make purchases for the business entity. But if the principal has repeatedly paid off debts incurred by the employee, the principal may inadvertently have created implied legal authority in that employee.

Apparent Authority

The final type of legal authority is apparent authority. Apparent authority is the “power to affect the legal relations of another person by transactions with third persons, professedly as agent for the other, arising from, and in accordance with, the other’s manifestations to such third persons.” Apparent authority may arise if a principal acts in a way that would make a third party reasonably believe that the agent had authority.

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