Attorney’s Lien – the right of an attorney to hold or retain a client’s money or property or to encumber money payable to the client until the attorney’s fees have been properly determined and paid

attorney’s lien:
(1828)

1. The right of an attorney to hold or retain a client’s money or property (a retaining lien) or to encumber money payable to the client (a charging lien) until the attorney’s fees have been properly determined and paid. [1]

1. General or retaining lien upon money or property of his client in his possession as security for the general balance due the attorney from the client for professional services rendered the client.  7 Am J2d Attys §§ 272 et seq.

A special or charging lien upon a judgment, decree, or award obtained for his client as security for payment of the compensation due him for his services in obtaining such judgment, decree or award.  7 Am J2d Attys. § 281. [2]

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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

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