attorney's lien

attorney's lien
n. An encumbrance asserted by a lawyer against a client's file, money or property as security for unpaid legal fees. Strictly limited right to assert such a lien in most jurisdictions, and prohibited by ethical rules in others. Also referred to as a charging lien or retaining lien.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


attorney's lien
The right of a lawyer to hold a client's property or money until payment has been made for legal aid and advice given.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


attorney's lien
The right of a lawyer to hold a client's property or money until payment has been made for legal aid and advice given.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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  • attorney's lien — The right of an attorney at law to hold or retain in his possession the money or property of a client until his proper charges have been adjusted and paid. It requires no equitable proceeding for its establishment. Also a lien on funds in court… …   Black's law dictionary

  • attorney's lien — The right of an attorney at law to hold or retain in his possession the money or property of a client until his proper charges have been adjusted and paid. It requires no equitable proceeding for its establishment. Also a lien on funds in court… …   Black's law dictionary

  • attorney's lien — 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… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • attorney's lien — noun The right of an attorney to retain a clients papers until the attorneys fees have been paid. Syn: retaining lien, solicitors lien …   Wiktionary

  • lien — / lēn/ n [Anglo French, bond, obligation, literally, tie, band, from Old French, from Latin ligamen, from ligare to bind]: a charge or encumbrance upon property for the satisfaction of a debt or other duty that is created by agreement of the… …   Law dictionary

  • notice of attorney's lien — A notice of an attorney s special or charging lien upon a judgment recovered by him on behalf of his client, as such may be required by statute to be given the adverse party7 Am J2d Attys § 287 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Lien — For other uses, see Lien (disambiguation). Property law …   Wikipedia

  • attorney — In the most general sense this term denotes an agent or substitute, or one who is appointed and authorized to act in the place or stead of another. An agent, or one acting on behalf of another. Sherts v. Fulton Nat. Bank of Lancaster, 342 Pa. 337 …   Black's law dictionary

  • attorney — In the most general sense this term denotes an agent or substitute, or one who is appointed and authorized to act in the place or stead of another. An agent, or one acting on behalf of another. Sherts v. Fulton Nat. Bank of Lancaster, 342 Pa. 337 …   Black's law dictionary

  • lien — /liy(a)n/ A claim, encumbrance, or charge on property for payment of some debt, obligation or duty. Sullins v. Sullins, 65 Wash.2d 283, 396 P.2d 886, 888. Qualified right of property which a creditor has in or over specific property of his debtor …   Black's law dictionary

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