NJ Advisory Panel Backs Ban On Atty Retaining Liens

Law360, New York (November 26, 2012, 8:04 PM EST) -- A New Jersey Supreme Court advisory committee has recommended prohibiting attorneys from clinging to client files and other property to collect on unpaid legal bills, despite arguments from the state bar association that the practice remains a legitimate avenue for pursuing payment.

The Advisory Committee of Professional Ethics was charged with weighing the pros and cons of the common law retaining lien. As part of that process, the panel sought the participation of the New Jersey State Bar Association, which said the liens should continue to...
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