An agent is a person authorized to sign legal documents especially contracts for another, often for a corporation or business. The legal authority is called agency. Firms which employ agents are often called agencies.
An officer is an a corporation official usually elected by the board of directors and authorized to sign legally binding contracts for the corporation. Most corporations have policy manuals that spell out what documents an officer of a given rank is permitted to sign, and with whose approval. Often they must be reviewed by the legal department.
Related Fool Articles
Recent Mentions on Fool.com
- 5 Things Zillow Inc. Wants You to Know
- Need Social Security Advice? Don't Just Go to the Obvious Source
- Should Microsoft Sell Xbox Entertainment Studios?
- 7 Things to Consider When Buying a Rental Property
- Why More Real Estate Deals Don?t Fall Into Your Lap
- 20 Undesirable ?Neighbors? You Don?t Want Living Next Door to You
- 3 Reasons NextEra Energy Stock Could Rise
- Embraer SA Comes Out With Flying Colors Once Again
- Is It Time to Buy Goldman Sachs' Stock?
- Will Apple Finally Quit Samsung With the iPhone 6?
- Is It Time to Buy Bank of America Corp's Stock?
- 5 Things Expedia?s Management Wants You to Know