An attorney’s lien gives an attorney the ability to retain their client’s money or assets if they owe money in order to insure payment for their services.
An attorney’s lien protects them from giving out their services and not receiving payment for them. By giving an attorney the ability to hold onto the client’s assets or money, they are able to guarantee payment. There are different types of liens available to attorneys in these situations. A charging lien gives the attorney the right to a portion of a settlement that the client receives as a result of the work the attorney did. A retaining lien gives the attorney a lien on any money or property the client obtains during the case. In this case, the money or property does not have to be a result the case. Overall, these give an attorney assurance that they will be paid for their services.