A general agent is authorized by the principal to transact all the affairs of a particular kind of business. For example, a person appointed as manager of a store is a general agent.
A special agent is authorized by the principal to handle a particular business transaction or perform a specific act. For example, a specific power of attorney appointing an agent (attorney-in-fact) to sell a particular piece of real estate or a certain car would be the appointment of a special agent.
A universal agent is authorized by the principal to do any act that can be delegated to a representative. An example would be giving a person a general power of attorney. A general power of attorney is often given to a family member by someone in the military who is going overseas. This would give the family member authority to handle any business until the person in the military returned home.
DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY BY MEMBER OF ARMED FORCES I, (name of principal), a legal resident of (name of state), now in the military service as a rank of (rank of principal), serial number (serial number), in the United States (branch of service) and temporarily stationed at (name of station), have made and appoint and do make and appoint my spouse, (name of agent), my true and lawful attorney to specifically: 1. Execute vouchers in my name and all allowances or reimbursements properly payable to me from the United States, including but not limited to allowances from transportation of dependents, and to indorse and collect the proceeds of checks payable to me, drawn on the Treasurer of the United States or otherwise. 2. To prepare, execute and file income tax and other tax returns and all other applications and returns of any nature required by governmental agencies. 3. And generally to perform every act in and about my estate, property, and affairs, as fully as I might or could do myself, the above specifically enumerated powers being in aid of the full, complete, and general power granted here and not in limitation of it. I ratify all that my attorney shall lawfully do or
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