Definition - What does Depute mean?

To depute is to give one permission to act on one's behalf. In other words, it means to appoint one to be an agent for another. In the context of the law, legal permission is often required for an agent to act on behalf of a principal. Lawyers themselves typically require legal permission from clients to act on their behalf.

Justipedia explains Depute

Many people often depute others to act on their behalf when they believe that it is in their best interests. Following deputation, an agent can act on behalf of the client, or principal. For example, after a real estate agent is deputed, then he or she can speak for his or her client during real estate transactions or discussions. People often depute real estate agents due to the fact that real estate can be extremely expensive and real estate agents are experts in the field.

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