See also Agency. Authority a principal intentionally confers upon the agent, or intentionally or by want of ordinary care allows the agent to believe himself to possess.
Actual authority is created “by written or spoken words or other conduct of the principal which, reasonably interpreted, causes the agent to believe that the principal desires him so to act on the principal’s account.” Menard, Inc. v. Dage-MTI, Inc., 726 N.E.2d 1206, 1210 (Ind. 2000) (quoting Scott v. Randle, 697 N.E.2d 60, 66 (Ind. Ct. App. 1998), trans. denied). The focus of actual authority is the belief of the agent. Scott, 697 N.E.2d at 66.