Non-Profit and
Charity Law

Brazeau Seller Law assists clients across Canada and internationally in all aspects of not-for-profit and charity law.

We support individuals and families in establishing and maintaining private foundations as part of their charitable strategies, and we assist larger groups in the establishment of public foundations. We also guide foundations through the process of obtaining registered charity status in Canada.

For clients who want to conduct charitable activities, we help determine an appropriate legal structure (an association or a not-for-profit corporation), and then create that structure and apply for registered charity status.

In addition, we offer specialized advice for charitable organizations, not-for-profit corporations, and foundations, so that they function in compliance with complex legal and regulatory requirements. As a broad-based business law firm, we also assist with lease negotiations, employment issues, and the registration of trademarks.

Our services include:

  • Advising members, directors/trustees, and officers of charitable organizations and foundations regarding matters such as:
    • Associations with other charities
    • Corporate structure and governance
    • Directors’ and officers’ liability
    • Employment issues
    • Fundraising
    • Human rights issues
    • Insurance issues
    • Legal compliance
    • Policy development
    • Risk management
    • Strategic planning
    • Tax issues
  • Church law, including:
    • Agency and joint-ministry agreements
    • Church discipline
    • Denominational structures and relations
    • Incorporating an existing church
    • Drafting constitutions, by-laws, and policies
    • Establishment of charitable organizations by constitution or incorporation
    • Establishment of private trusts by deed or incorporation
    • Establishment of public foundations
    • Litigation counsel

If you are seeking guidance or advice concerning non-profit or charity law, contact one of our lawyers today.

Our Non-Profit and Charity Law Team