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Charity

At Next Law we can assist you in setting up a charity and provide expert advice on all aspects of the process from drafting the all important charitable purposes to what form that organisation should take.

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Charities

Charities and community organisations can take many forms. For example a Trust, Company Limited by Guarantee, Scottish Incorporated Charitable Organisation or an unincorporated association. Depending on what form the charity or organisation takes it can be overseen by any number of entities, for example, Companies House or the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. It can also be regulated by any number of legislative Acts. It is important when considering setting up a charity or community organisation to take expert advice on which form would be best for your group and what requirements will be placed upon the organisation by the various entities and legislation.

Many will be aware that the law in relation to charities has changed quite significantly in recent years. It is continuing to change with the introduction of regulations such as GDPR and the, ever evolving, Anti Money Laundering Regulations. As a result, whether you are considering setting up a charity, or are already involved in the governance of an existing charity or community organisation, it is important to keep abreast of these changes and ensure that your organisation is in compliance.

At Next Law we can assist you in setting up a charity and provide expert advice on all aspects of the process from drafting the all important charitable purposes to what form that organisation should take. We can also assist existing charities and community organisations in reviewing their policies and procedures to ensure that there is effective governance and that the organisation continues to meet its charitable purposes. In some circumstance an organisations purposes can become outdated or not longer practicable. Our expert team at Next Law can guide you through the process of amending charitable purposes, merging with other organisations, changing the structure of the organisation or bringing your organisation to an end. Being a charity trustee or member of a board of an organisation brings numerous duties and responsibilities. At Next Law we work with all organisations to ensure that those duties continue to be met.

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