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
- Southwest Airlines Abandons Small Markets
- Will Peregrine Pharmaceuticals Earnings Reveal Any New Secrets Against Celgene?
- To Buy or Not to Buy: Your First Rental Property
- The Battle for Your Beard and Body Hair Is On
- How a Real Estate Appraisal Can Trick You Into Thinking You're Rich
- Geekstock: Comcast Bets on Red As Time Warner Fills Its Quiver
- Dow Up as China and U.S. Economies Improve
- Sarepta's Rocky 2013
- Ranking Our Favorite Mortgage REITs
- Defense News Roundup: E-Warfare, WMD, and Super Hercules Take the Stage
- Here's What You Need to Know About the Libra Oil Field
- What Bank of America Can Learn From Amazon's Jeff Bezos