Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary

Equitable Lien

A lien on property, imposed by a court to achieve a fair result. For example, if someone has embezzled money from a business, the business might sue an ask the court for an equitable lien on the embezzler's property. (See also: constructive trust)
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