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Is dot-lawyer domain a good idea?

Yamri Taddese - Monday, September 29, 2014

Lawyers are weighing the pros and cons of paying a pretty penny to snap up an Internet domain name with the word “lawyer” on the right side of the dot.
The dot-lawyer domain will only be available to those who can prove they’re lawyers, according to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). It’s one of hundreds of new generic top-level domains ICANN has recently introduced.

The sunrise sale phase, which was only available for trademark holders, closed late last week. Early-access registration now costs anywhere from $150 to 12,000 for a dot-lawyer domain name. After the early-access period closes, lawyers can sign up for about $36 per domain name, which is significantly higher than an annua...


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Inside Story

Monday, September 29, 2014

LAWPRO BASE PREMIUM FROZEN
Lawyers are once again getting a break on their LawPRO premiums next year.

Last week, benchers of the Law Society of Upper Canada approved a freeze of the base premium lawyers must pay. It’s the fifth consecutive year of a premium freeze, LawPRO said last week.

The insurer touted strong financial results and moderating claims for the continuing premium freeze at $3,350. “In recent years, we have seen an upward trend in the number of open claims files as well as an increased number of large claims,” LawPRO said in its report to Convocation.

“This trend may now be reaching a plateau with count and cost remaining at a similar level as last year.”

Despite the generally positive outlook, LawPRO noted changes to the main solvency test for insurance companies, the minimum capital test, might affect its financial situation. “Fortunately, there has recently been announced a three-year phase-in period that will allow LawPRO to take appropriate...

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Law Times poll

Will you be signing up for a dot-lawyer domain name for your web site?
Yes, it's a great tool to get my name out there.
No, it's a cash grab that won't do much for lawyers.