Party that has express (oral or written) or implied authority to act for another (the principal) so as to bring the principal into contractual relationships with other parties. An agent is under the control (is obligated to) the principal, and (when acting within the scope of authority delegated by the principal) binds the principal with his or her acts. Additional powers are assigned to agent under the legal concept of 'apparent authority.' The agent, however, does not have title to the principal's goods in his or her possession, except where agent's lien is applicable. In general, advertising agencies do not fall under this definition of an agent, because they act as principals for the services they buy on behalf of their clients. See also general agent, special agent, and universal agent.

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  • Some governing bodies will have an agent that comes to make sure that your business fully complies with all regulations.

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  • You must make sure that your business is running up to code or a government agent may temporarily shut you down.

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  • The government agent sat in a surveillance van with his fellow agents, keeping their eyes on the activities of the suspect.

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