David Angeloff Offers a Primer on Attorneys’ Liens for California Lawyer
When clients change law firms, attorneys risk losing out on payment for their hard work. In the article, “A Primer on the Attorney’s Lien” published by California Lawyer, Attorney David Angeloff explains why including a specific, detailed lien provision in contracts is the best way for attorneys to ensure they receive legal fees entitled to them.
“Unlike a service lien or a mechanics lien, an attorney’s lien for fees and costs does not arise automatically just because legal work is performed. Such liens are created by contract,” explained Mr. Angeloff. “Having a well thought out lien provision gives you options that can translate into real money.”
Mr. Angeloff also offers tips for attorneys on asserting and defending against liens, and provides guidelines for when quantum meruit liens are applicable. Examples include when the representation agreement governing the relationship contains provisions which set forth specific conditions under which the attorney’s lien can be calculated per the contingency, or when a client terminates the attorney at the last minute in an attempt to avoid paying the fee.