What is an attorney: Part 1

This series of posts will discuss the important question – what is an attorney?

Attorney: In the most general sense this term denotes an agent or substitute, or one who is appointed and authorized to act in the place or stead of another.  An agent, one acting on behalf of another.  [Citation omitted.] In its most common usage, however, unless a contrary meaning is clearly intended, this term means “attorney at law,” “lawyer” or “counselor at law.”

Definition from Black’s Law Dictionary, Sixth Ed. (West Publishing Co. 1990).