Charities and Not for Profits

The charities and not for profit sector is increasingly complex with the law requiring stringent observance of its rules. In terms of structure, there is no easy answer on what will work. It is dependent on a number of factors including the purposes of the organisation, the number of people involved and their relationship to each other, and whether there will be property or assets to control.

Increasingly "private" organisations are open to judicial review of their actions. This used to be limited to the public sector but has crept into more frequent use in non‑public areas such as the not for profit sector. Charities are also faced with new hurdles, if they are to achieve registration as a charity, and failing to correctly identify their purposes and communicate these has led to some charities losing their registration and the associated tax advantages.

Brookfields Lawyers help all kinds of charities and not for profits with:

  • Drafting, reviewing and amending their constitutions or rules
  • Charitable status applications
  • Membership issues and rules
  • Structuring and re-structuring
  • Contractual arrangements
  • Banking and finance matters
  • Property ownership structures
  • Intellectual property matters such as website domain names and reputational issues
  • Resolving disputes within the organisation or with outside entities.

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