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Not-for-profit and Charitable Organizations

Because of their unique tax status and compliance requirements, not-for-profit and charitable organizations need advice from lawyers who have special expertise in the laws applying to the not-for-profit sector. The issues and liabilities faced by staff and volunteers can be complex; they need the services of a law firm for whom this is familiar territory.

Lawrences has extensive experience assisting not-for-profit and charitable organizations in complying with the requirements of the relevant legislation, including changing legislation such as the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act and the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act. We have significant experience advising on the various challenges that are unique to not-for-profit corporations, including the particular duties and responsibilities of directors, the rights of members, and the role of professional staff. In addition, Lawrences’ lawyers have hands-on experience as directors of various not-for-profit and charitable organizations. When our not-for-profit clients require other legal services such as Real Estate, Employment Law, and Litigation, we have highly qualified lawyers in each of those practice areas to provide seamless service. Our Not-For-Profit and Charity Law services include:

  • Corporate governance, including conduct of company meetings
  • Incorporation, organization and ongoing compliance
  • Amendments to letters patent, supplementary letters patent and by-laws
  • Continuance under new legislation
  • Contract negotiation
  • Financing
  • Dispute resolution and other litigation services
  • Employment related issues
  • Winding up and voluntary dissolution or surrender of charter
Mar 13, 2015 | Case Study

Membership Dispute

The Problem A not-for-profit organization was involved in a dispute over the membership of the organization. The corporate records had not been mai...

Mar 13, 2015 | Case Study

Governance of a Not-For-Profit Corporation

The Problem A not-for-profit corporation experienced repeated disruption at its annual general meetings as various factions attempted to take over ...

Apr 01, 2014 | Article

Changes to Legislation Governing Not-For-Profits: Getting Ready for the ONCA

Do you help to run a not-for-profit corporation, such as a social club, sports team, trade or professional association, cultural or faith group, or charity? Then you should read on, because the legislation governing incorporated not-for-profit groups is changing.

Dec 01, 2011 | Article

New Legislation Simplifies Incorporation and Reporting: Attention all Members of Not-for-Profit Organizations!

Many of our clients are active in organizations that are run for a specific purpose other than profit. These organizations, many of which are incorporated, range from registered charities, to trade associations, to sports and social clubs. In a previous article (The Lawrences Letter, Summer 2007) we outlined the legal responsibilities of directors in not-for-profit organizations, noting that such directors were held to a higher standard than were directors in for-profit corporations. With the proclamation into force of the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act on October 17, 2011, all that has changed.

Apr 01, 2007 | Article

Serving on Not-For-Profit Boards: Rewards and Risks

Not-for-profit and charitable organizations provide many valuable community services. The activities of such organizations are usually guided by volunteer boards of directors, who have the opportunity to “give back” to the community, enjoy a rewarding experience and expand networking connections.

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