Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some common questions about MMX, .miami and our industry sector.
What is .law and .abogado?
.law and .abogado are new restricted top-level domains (TLDs) that aim to promote trust in the professional legal community by creating exclusive online spaces in which only qualifying lawyers and legal institutions that are regulated and licensed to practice law can present themselves in a distinctive and memorable manner.
What makes .law and .abogado unique?
.law and .abogado will offer domain names only to Qualified Lawyers and Authorized Legal Institutions who satisfy the eligibility criteria. The verification process will enhance the integrity of the .law and .abogado top-level. For full eligibility criteria, please see the .law and .abogado Eligibility Policy.
Who is a Qualified Lawyer?
A Qualified Lawyer is a lawyer who was been verified by our verification agent as a licensed legal professional in an appropriately-regulated jurisdiction. Please see our Eligibility Policy for additional information.
What is an Authorized Legal Institution?
An Authorized Legal Institution is a Law Firm, Law School and Legal Regulators such as Courts of Law and Bar Associations which has been verified by our verification agent.
What information is required to verify eligibility of a .law or .abogado domain name applicant?
In order to be able to verify the eligibility of a .law or .abogado domain name applicant, the registry will require that applicants provide the following additional information at the time of their application:
- Their name as registered with their regulator;
- The official name of their regulator (e.g., The State Bar of California);
- The year of registration with their regulator;
- The license number of their registration with their regulator; and
- The jurisdiction of their regulator (country plus state, province, and/or district, as applicable).
The Registry for .law and .abogado reserves the right to engage an independent verification agent to carry out the verification of applicants against the Eligibility Criteria in this Eligibility Policy. The .law and .abogado registry reserves the right for the independent verification agent to contact applicants in order to request any further information or supporting documentation that it deems necessary to satisfy itself as to whether or not a applicant meets the requirements of this Eligibility Policy.
Why is there an application and verification process?
You are applying to be part of an exclusive top-level domain for the legal profession. As such, each applicant must go through a verification process to ensure they qualify to secure a .law or .abogado domain name. Applications are taken on a first come, first-served basis for any .law or .abogado domain name. Once the applicant passes the verification process (usually within 48 hours) the applied for name is immediately registered to them. If the applicant does not qualify, the name is released and becomes available to another applicant.
What domain names may I apply for and register?
A Qualified Lawyer may apply for and register any available domain name in .law or .abogado.
Does the domain name have to relate to the registrant's personal name, business name, trademark, or service mark?
No. A Qualified Lawyer may apply for and register any available domain name in .law or .abogado.
How many domain names may I apply for and register?
There is no maximum number.
What if the domain name I want is taken?
You may contact that registrant to see if they will part with that registered domain name or you can apply for another, similar domain name that meets your needs.
Are there any restrictions for what a Qualified Lawyer may use for their postal address?
There are no restrictions.
May a law firm use a generic name such as %22Domain Administrator%22 as the first and last name?
No. The applicant must be a Qualified Lawyer as defined in this Q&A and must provide their name for validation purposes. Failure to provide their name may result in a failed validation. Other contact details (technical, administrative, etc.) may be different.
Who is .law?
Minds + Machines Group Limited (LSE:MMX), a leading owner and operator of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), has been given the exclusive license to be the registry operator for .law and .abogado by ICANN, the regulator of the Internet namespace.
The Dot Law, Inc. management team is led by Lou Andreozzi, formerly Chairman of Bloomberg Law, CEO of LexisNexis North American Legal Markets, Martindale Hubbell and lawyers.com; Carl Jaeckel, founder of Lawyer Central and CMO of Morgan & Morgan; and John Morgan, Founder of Morgan & Morgan.
What is a Premium Domain Name?
Premium domain names are reserved for purchase at a higher price than regular domain names. Lawyers can purchase premium domains (e.g., newyork.law or dui.law) to help build powerful marketing and outreach campaigns, and to be closely identified with the keyword to the left of the dot. Please contact your preferred domain name registrar to discuss available premium domains in .law and .abogado.