I have seen both terms being used but was wondering if they had different meanings?
Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke. The answer is they are one in the same. No difference.
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As it applies in the United States, they have basically the same meaning. Some distinctions can be see in the topic you have posted your question in. A non lawyer can act as a "power of attorney" if so designated in certain legal documents. That person so designated will have the powers as outlined in the document that a lawyer representing a person would not normally have, such as the power to write check, purchase property, etc.
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They are the same. (Not like solicitor and barrister in Great Britain.)
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