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Frequently Asked Questions
Eligibility Requirements FAQs for .LAW and .ABOGADO domains.
In order to register a domain name in the .law and .abogado TLDs, the name of the registrant must match the name used with their governing body and must be recorded in the Name and/or Organization fields in the Registrant Contact information of the relevant whois record AND the registrant must be one of the following:
- A Qualified Lawyer: A professional who is licensed by a Legal Regulator to practice law. A Qualified Lawyer must be identifiable as a currently-licensed practitioner in the public records kept by the relevant Legal Regulator (a lawyer with inactive or non-practicing status who is not authorized to provide regulated legal services under the rules of their Legal Regulator is not eligible under this Eligibility Policy).
- A Qualified Lawyer: A partnership or incorporated entity formed by one or more Qualified Lawyers to engage in the practice of law. In jurisdictions where applicable, a Law Firm must be authorized by a Legal Regulator to provide legal services.
- A Court of Law: An organization of government enacted by international, national, or state legislation that has the authority to adjudicate legal disputes between parties and carry out the administration of justice in a given jurisdiction.
- A Law School: An institution approved by a Legal Regulator or a recognized regulator of education to provide academic or vocational legal education as part of a process for becoming a Qualified Lawyer within a given jurisdiction.
- A Legal Regulator: An institution that is enacted and/or approved by international, national, or state legislation to regulate the provision of legal services in a given jurisdiction.
To be eligible for .law and .abogado name sales, a Qualified Lawyer must be identifiable as a currently-licensed practitioner. Unfortunately, individuals or agencies with lapsed, expired, or inactive licenses will not be eligible. To register a name, a Qualified Lawyer must use their full legal name (associated with their current legal licensure) recorded as the registrant for the domain. Similarly, authorized institutions, such as law firms, courts of law, and law schools, should also ensure that the name of their organization is recorded as the registrant for the domain.
Please note, 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. In most cases, the registrant name will be all that is needed to verify eligibility. However, 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 an applicant meets the requirements of this Eligibility Policy.
For the purposes of verification, all registrants must provide accurate and up-to-date registrant data, which will be used to verify eligibility. It is particularly essential that the full legal name of the qualified lawyer or authorized legal institution is provided and recorded as the Registrant Name and/or Registrant Organization fields of the Registrant Contact information for the domain in question's WHOIS record.
If the independent verification agency is unable to verify eligibility using only the WHOIS data, a registrant may be asked to provide further information or supporting documentation (such as a copy of an accreditation certificate) to complete the verification process.
The registry that runs the .law and .abogado domain names uses an independent verification agency to verify applicants for .law and .abogado domain names based upon the criteria in the Eligibility Policy. The registry and the verification agency will use the Registrant Name recorded with the registration of every domain to attempt verification, comparing these names to public record. As the availability of public record may vary across jurisdictions, this may result in additional information or documentation being requested so that the verification process can be completed. All registrants should be prepared to offer additional details or documents related to their legal licensure to ensure their eligibility may be successfully verified.
You are registering to be part of an exclusive top-level domain for the legal profession. As such, each registrant must go through a verification process to ensure they qualify to secure a .law or .abogado domain name. Registrations are taken on a first come, first-served basis for any .law or .abogado domain name.
No. You will never be asked to pay separately for an eligibility verification.
Domain Registration FAQs
.law and .abogado domain names can only be purchased by anyone who meets the Eligibility Criteria. If you are:
- A Qualified Lawyer,
- A Law Firm,
- A Court of Law,
- A Law School, and/or
- A Legal Regulator
You can search for an available domain name that fits your needs. If the domain or domains you want is/are available, click 'Add to Cart', and you can then proceed to checkout and pay for your .law/.abogado domain registrations.
By enabling auto-renew, you avoid the loss of service for your domain names/products at renewal time. Auto-renew is automatically enabled during the purchase of the domain name, but you should still confirm it within your account. If you set your domain name to auto-renew, your credit card will be billed and domains renewed 60 days in advance of expiration. Should the charge be unsuccessful, we will notify you by email requesting you to update your payment information. Auto-renew is not available when paying by PayPal; a credit card is required.
- Login to your Account.
- Navigate to the Domain Names tab and select your domain name(s).
- Check to see if Auto-Renew is enabled. If it is not enabled, click on the Auto-Renew slider to enable.
A Qualified Lawyer or an Authorized Legal Institution may register any available domain name in .law or .abogado. The name is not required to relate to the registrant’s name, business name, lawfirm, trademark, or service offered. There is also no limit to number of domains any person may register! Need help identifying the best name for your needs? Send us a message at [email protected] and our agents will work to help you find the perfect domain.
No. The applicant must be a Qualified Lawyer as defined in this Q&A and in the Eligibility Policy, and must provide their name for verification purposes. Failure to provide their name may result in a failed verification. Other contact details (technical, administrative, etc.) may be different. Please note, however, that personal data (such as names and contact information) will be redacted in public WHOIS searches as of May 29th, 2018. As such, your personal WHOIS information used to register a domain will never be visible to the public in association with your domain name.
It is an email that we send out containing a link that you need to click to verify your current contact information. ICANN, the regulator of the domain name system, requires all registrants to verify their contact information for any new registrations and changes to their contact information on existing domains. Failure to complete the verification within 15-days will result in a hold placed on your domain. If your domain is placed on hold, it will not resolve and therefore may not function properly.
Your domain will no longer resolve on the day it expires. Seventy-five (75) days after expiration, the domain will become available for purchase by another qualified lawyer.
There is a 40 day grace period in which a domain may be renewed without incurring an additional fee. After the 40-day grace period, there is a 30-day Redemption Period in which you can renew your domain name for an additional $150 USD. After the Redemption Period, there is 5 additional days in which the domain name can still be renewed before it is deleted.
Renewal notices are sent to the primary email address on file 90 days, 60 days, 30 days, 15 days, 5 days, and 1 day prior to the domain expiration date.
There are several reasons why a domain will show as unavailable. They are listed here in order of how likely they are:
- The domain name is already registered to someone else; you can check this by doing a whois lookup.
- The domain is reserved at the Registry and may be available; you can learn more about that domain by contacting [email protected] for more information.
- The domain is reserved by ICANN, the regulator of domain names and is not allowed to be registered.
- The domain is blocked by governmental action and is not allowed to be registered.
Yes. Upon successful registration of your domain(s), you may begin using it.
To access your domain settings:
- Log into your account
- Select "View All Domains" or the "Domain Names" tab to see a list of domains you have registered
- Select the domain you want to make changes to
From this screen you may renew, transfer, lock, and edit nameservers, records, or contacts.