A lot of our clients come to us for the reasons you’d expect – something got hosed up, they received a rejection letter from the Charities Directorate (CRA), board members are trying to wrest control of the organization, or they are facing a HUGE problem they knew they can’t deal with on their own.
But to be honest, we wish that wasn’t why they reached out.
Don’t get us wrong, we love being able to help when the going gets tough, and we love being able to make our clients’ problems feel smaller and less scary.
But truthfully, we wish they had reached out WAY before things got scary in the first place.
There are tons of assumptions about lawyers out there – they’re crazy expensive and hard to work with, but they’ll go to court for a fight. They’re aggressive and confrontational. They’re ready to sue someone at the drop of a hat, and they’ll argue their side until they win.
And we get it, that does describe some lawyers.
But those aren’t the kind of lawyers you want to have, right?
That is not what Charity Lawyers actually do.
Some lawyers are fighters. They want to go to court and fight for you, and they’re great when you need them.
But some lawyers are builders. That’s what we are.
We don’t go to court. Our work is perhaps less flashy, but it’s better for us and for our clients.
We help people build something that is strong and sustainable and successful.
It’s not just about fixing problems once the toothpaste is out of the tube. It’s about preventing problems before they happen. It’s about helping Charities pursue their mission and make a difference.
Jon Tobin makes a comparison to medical care, and it’s perfect.
Say you’re not feeling super well – your kid came from school with strep throat, and your beloved little germ factory probably spread it to you. Yuck.
Do you go to the doctor now, or do you wait until it becomes a full-blown infection that puts you in quarantine?
Out of a desire to save money, Charities and Not-for-Profits usually wait until they are in the ICU to get help. But really, it would have been quicker…and easier… (and way, WAY cheaper) to treat the problem when it was small before it turned into a blazing huge issue.
For new Charities and Not-for-Profits, big problems can sometimes sink an amazing idea. And those big problems can usually be prevented by getting the help you need, when you need it.
Trying to make decisions in a vacuum and just hoping it all works out is scary and stressful. There’s a better way.