Sarah Fitzpatrick

Associate | Vancouver

604.643.1272

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Sarah Fitzpatrick’s practice focuses on charities, not-for-profits, estate planning, and business law. She provides general advice to charities, not-for-profit organizations, and trusts, and helps clients to achieve their estate-planning goals.

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The New Societies Act in British Columbia: What You Need to Know

On November 28, 2016, the new British Columbia Societies Act comes into force. Our Social Impact Group presents a complimentary seminar where we discuss what you need to know about the new Act, highlight some of the significant changes, and ensure...

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Charities in Ontario May Soon be Permitted to Pay Their Directors Without a Court Order

On July 10, 2017, Ontario’s Regulatory Registry published for comment a draft amendment to the Approved Acts of Executors and Trustees, a regulation under the Charities Accounting Act (Ontario) (the “Act”). The amendment would permit directors of incorporated charities to...

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Revenue Generation for Charities

Charities are constantly looking for new ways to generate revenue to fund their existing and future charitable programs. The housing and real estate markets provide charities with opportunities to generate revenue, whether through existing land holdings or as part of...

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Cause-Related Marketing: New CRA Guidance on Receipting

Recently, Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) released guidance on registered charities issuing receipts for cause-related marketing arrangements. “Cause-related marketing” is a mutually-beneficial arrangement where a registered charity works together with a for-profit partner to raise funds. Under the arrangement, the for-profit...

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Uncharted Territory: Rights of and Rights to Reproductive Material and Embryos

While assisted reproduction is no longer novel, the law is still not settled as to what rights people have to reproductive material and the right of embryos conceived through assisted reproduction. There have been a number of recent cases on...

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Social Finance, Enterprise and Innovation

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What are we talking about? A young woman is talking about her new innovative idea and setting up a social enterprise. She goes on to say she has a charitable foundation that wants to invest! This has led to questions about...

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How To Transition Under B.C. Societies Act

Beginning November 28, 2016, B.C. societies can transition under the new British Columbia Societies Act (the “Act”). Existing B.C. societies will have to transition under the new Act within two years after the coming into force of the new Act...

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The New B.C. Societies Act: What You Need to Know

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New Case Law Dealing with CRA Requests for Documents

On June 3, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada released two important decisions dealing with requests made by the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) for information. The cases highlight the fact that when an individual or an organization receive such a request...

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Varying Charitable Purpose Trusts: Application of Cy-près and Administrative Scheme Making Powers in British Columbia

In The Sidney and North Saanich Memorial Park Society v. British Columbia (Attorney General), 2016 BCSC 589 (“Sidney“), Madam Justice Dardi of the British Columbia Supreme Court clarified when the Court can apply its cy-près and administrative scheme making powers...

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2016 BC Budget Update: Property Transfer Tax

On February 16, 2016, British Columbia Finance Minister Michael de Jong tabled the British Columbia budget for 2016. Included in the budget were changes to property transfer tax, which is generally paid whenever real property in the province is transferred...

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