retainer,n.1. A client’s authorization for a lawyer to act in a case <the attorney needed an express retainer before making a settlement offer>. [Cases: Attorney and Client 64. C.J.S. Attorney and Client §§ 166, 169.] 2. A fee that a client pays to a lawyer simply to be available when the client needs legal help…

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retainage (ri-tayn-ij). A percentage of what a landowner pays a contractor, withheld until the construction has been satisfactorily completed and all mechanic’s liens are released or have expired. — Also termed retained fund. [Cases: Contracts 214, 221(3). C.J.S. Contracts §§ 356, 578–579, 584.] [Blacks Law 8th]

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