Charity and Not-for-Profit Law

Charity and Not-for-Profit Law

Practice Group Members

Peter H. Baek
Jasmine Li
Anne-Marie Widner

At Dale & Lessmann LLP, we understand that the legislative framework surrounding charity and not-for-profit law is becoming increasingly complex.  Charity and not-for-profit organizations are faced with the ever increasing need to ensure compliance and withstand public scrutiny.  Our lawyers aim to provide our clients with a full range of legal services from inception.  We have considerable experience in acting for both charitable and not-for-profit organizations and assisting in developing practical, cost-effective solutions.   The charity and not-for-profit group specializes in offering the following services to our clients:

  • Incorporation
  • Corporate governance
  • Legislative compliance with the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act and the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act
  • Mergers, acquisitions and amalgamations
  • Partnerships, affiliations and joint-ventures
  • Charitable registration
  • Charitable tax structuring and advice
  • Maintaining status and interaction with the Canada Revenue Agency
  • Assisting with Canada Revenue Agency issues or audits
  • Legal issues concerning fundraising
  • Staffing issues with employees and independent or dependent contractors
  • Intellectual property
  • Risk management
  • Not-for-profit or charitable education

As a full service law firm, we are able to offer our charity and not-for-profit clients a full range of services including tax, trademark, privacy and social media law expertise.  Our European Business Group and strong foreign practice ensures that we may offer complete services in several languages to foreign charitable or not-for-profit organizations operating in Canada or domestic charitable or not-for-profit organizations operating outside Canada. Our lawyers strive to have a longstanding relationship with our clients and in some cases have been providing trusted advice for several generations. Many of our lawyers are actively involved with charitable or not-for-profit organizations as board members or as volunteers which allows us to continually expand our expertise and exposure. Dale & Lessmann LLP has developed a particular expertise working with associations and clubs in the not-for-profit space. Having acted for professional services, health, insurance, historical preservation and funeral services associations we have developed a particular expertise in advising associations on all areas of the law including managing relationships with members and providing best in class corporate governance advice. It is strongly recommended that any federally incorporated not-for-profit corporation that has yet to obtain a certificate of continuance from Corporations Canada, do so as soon as possible. Although the transition time period has expired, as long as the corporation has not been dissolved, filing for continuance can be a simple and straightforward process with the proper guidance, even post October 17, 2014.