Retaining Lien – an attorney’s to retain possession of a client’s papers, books, documents, securities, moneys, and property as security for the general balance due to him until the client has paid for the attorney’s services

retaining lien:
(1861)

1. An attorney’s right to keep a client’s papers until the client has paid for the attorney’s services.  *  The attorney’s retaining lien is not recognized in some states. [1]

1. The lien of an attorney at law of common law origin but existing under statute in some jurisdictions, attaching to all papers, books, documents, securities, moneys, and property of the client coming into possession of the attorney in the course and with reference to his professional employment, thereby permitting him to hold them as security for the general balance due him from the client for professional services and disbursements.  7 Am J2d Attys §§ 273, 276. [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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