Not-For-Profit & CharitiesRepresenting charities and not-for-profits within a complex regulatory regime
Not-For-Profit & Charity Lawyers
We work with large and small organizations, operating in a wide variety of sectors. Our lawyers act as counsel for many charitable and not-for-profit organizations, including major Canadian registered charities, family foundations, professional associations, employment service agencies, private clubs, churches, health sector associations, patient advocacy groups and regulated health professional colleges. As such, we have extensive experience in dealing with the unique legal issues faced by not-for-profit and charitable organizations.
Maintaining Good Corporate Governance
Our not-for-profit and charity law practice includes a significant amount of corporate and governance work. Our lawyers regularly provide strategic advice to help clients stay in compliance with the complex regulatory regimes that apply to charitable and not-for-profit organizations.
Much of our recent work has been to assist clients with the transition to and governance under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act as well as prepare our Ontario-based clients for the coming into force of the Not-for-profit Corporations Act, 2010 (Ontario).
Charitable and not-for-profit organizations occasionally have similar needs to those of for-profit businesses. As a full-service law firm, Mills & Mills LLP has the insight and ability to meet the commercial needs of our charitable and not-for-profit clients. This may include a lease review, handling employment matters or contract negotiation. Our in-depth understanding of the ways in which other areas of law intersect with the not-for-profit sector gives us the ability to think strategically, plan proactively and offer truly comprehensive legal representation to our clients.
Proactive Risk Management
As with all our clients, we believe in a proactive risk management approach to address potential problems early and limit exposure. If disputes arise requiring intervention, we represent clients in conflict resolution including alternative dispute resolution, administrative proceedings and litigation. Our qualified and experienced team works with clients to resolve matters efficiently and effectively.
Protecting the Interests of Charities Named as Estate Beneficiaries
Our lawyers also have extensive experience at the intersection between charities and estates. We regularly advise clients of their legal rights and obligations with respect to funds received from charitable bequests under a Will, and we work diligently to ensure the full intended value of the bequest is received.
Experienced Lawyers for Charities and Not-for-profit Corporations
We advise already established and yet to be established charities and not-for-profit organizations on a wide range of issues, including:
- Incorporation, Registration, Articles of Amendment, Supplementary Letters Patent, and other organizational documents
- Charitable Registration
- Corporate Governance, including drafting and revising bylaws and governance policies
- Regulatory Compliance
- Trademark and Copyright Protection
- Contract Review and drafting, including gifting agreements and fundraising
- Real Estate transactions including Leases and Agreements of Purchase and Sale
- Employment Matters, including employment contracts and employment disputes
- Conflict Resolution, including mediation and litigation
- Estate Matters, including when a charity is named as a beneficiary in a Will or Trust
- Amalgamation, dissolution, and revocation of charitable status
Contact the Charitable and Not-for-profit Lawyers at Mills & Mills LLP
For more information on how we can help you or your organization, contact us at 416-863-0125 or email us. We look forward to assisting you.
“I cannot praise Mills & Mills too highly or recommend them too strongly. Our Charity has retained the services of Mills & Mills for over a decade and are enormously pleased with their diligence, approach to getting the job done promptly and efficiently at the same time achieving great results. Mills & Mills are supportive and understanding of the Charitable sector when representing our charity on estates and trust matters.”