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What is the difference between an attorney and a lawyer?

Albany, GA |

I have seen both terms being used but was wondering if they had different meanings?

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Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke. The answer is they are one in the same. No difference.

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Terms are used interchangeably. Technically, anyone who has graduated from law school is a "Lawyer" but only those lawyers who has also passed a State Bar exam can be called an "Attorney" and practice before the courts.


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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