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What Is an Agent?

An agent is someone who agrees to represent another person, called a principal. An agency relationship is usually formed by an agreement between the two parties. An agent can only act on behalf of a principal for certain issues (depending on the agreement).

What Is a Principal?

A principal is somebody who agrees to have another person (an agent) act on his/her behalf in certain situations. The principal has the right to completely control the agent's conduct if it relates to the duties given to the agent by the principal.

What Are the Duties of an Agent to the Principal?

An agent has several duties towards the principal. Failure to perform these duties can result in a breach of contract or tort liability. An agent's duties are very similar to that of an employee. An agent's duties include:

What Are the Duties of a Principal to an Agent?

A principal has duties towards his/her agent. Failure to perform these duties can result in a breach of contract or tort liability. A principal's duties are very similar to that of an employer. A principal's duties include:

How Can an Attorney Help Me?

An agency relationship is similar to an employer-employee relationship. An experienced employment lawyer can assist you in issues dealing with agency law. For example, an employment lawyer can help you draft an agency agreement or inform you if any parties have violated their duties.

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Last Modified: 12-10-2013 11:28 AM PST

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