Actual Authority


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Actual Authority

The legal authority a person has as the result of a law or contract. For example, the owner of a house has the actual authority to sell it because the law states that he is the owner. Likewise, the president of the United States has the actual authority to sign or veto legislation. Persons with actual authority are legally liable for their actions. Actual authority is distinct from apparent authority. It is also called express authority.
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The court said that indicia of actual authority or ability to pay the taxes owed (in view of an employee's status within a corporation) include whether the employee:
Even the leadership of [Daesh] is refusing to talk or even say who is the actual authority that can carry out negotiations.
Hala -- Opposition leader in the National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Shah on Sunday said the actual authority does not lie with the Rangers but it lies with the law.
represent estimates of amounts that may be required during the entire framework agreement and not exact quantities to be purchased, the latter can be lower, equal or higher compared to the estimated, depending on the needs of actual authority Contracting.
The duke claims that Craig had no actual authority to enter any agreement or negotiate on his behalf.
Pardew telling Match of the Day afterwards that the owner "loves" Newcastle sticks in the throat but it is typical of the black and white boardroom world view: thanks to the mutual mistrust that fans have for them the pair have now been cast as close allies, just with the manager wielding little in the way of actual authority.
The Fourth Circuit held that a taxpayer who was chairman of the board and vice president of a company with actual authority over the company's financial affairs could not avoid responsible person status by delegating her authority to control the company to her husband.
5) Agents whose authority arises from agreement are said to be endowed with the actual authority of their principals.
My firm, Wilson Elser, once defended an appointed agent for a property insurer who did not have actual authority to bind coverage on multi-unit residential properties, but completed a description of a building in an application based on driving by and viewing the building, as his agency contract required him to do.
The authors discuss the work of the Foundation to improve the effectiveness of Catholic school boards through the establishment of boards of limited jurisdiction with actual authority over school policy, finances, and governance.
I have come to the conclusion that the state of Arizona would wield little actual authority over its 'state' exchange," she said.
For one thing, the shadow authority behind the killing is in the end the actual authority, and its work is unimpeded by an (inexistent) parliamentarian majority, dialogue or cabinets of any kind.