Representative Law and Legal Definition

Representative is a term subject to different meanings. In agency law, it refers to an agent who is authorized to act on behalf of another. In the context of probate law, it is a generic term for an executor or administrator of the estate of a person who has died, generally referred to as the "personal representative."

A legal representative is defined according to the laws governing the subject matter of the context in which it is used. It may be, among others, an individual's personal representative or guardian. A legal representative could include any natural or legal person with the legal capacity to represent the other party, including individuals, companies, other entities, lawyers etc., but not incapacitated adults, minors and the like.

In evidence law, it refers to an accurate depiction of the condition of something, such as "these pictures are representative of the conditions at the rental premises." In government, a representative is one that represents a constituency as a member of a legislative or other governing body; specifically, a member of the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress or a state legislature.