- A type of lien that permits a lawyer to hold onto a client's documents or property that they received during their professional service until the lawyer's fees are paid. This is sometimes referred to as a general lien
- The attorney claimed a retaining lien on the client's documents until his fees were compensated.
- Should the client fail to pay the attorney's fees, the attorney has the right to invoke a retaining lien on the client's property in their possession.
- A retaining lien allows a lawyer, due to nonpayment, to maintain possession of a client's papers and property.