Aboriginal Law
Business and Corporate Law
Charities & Not-for-Profit Law
Wills, Estates & Trusts


Aboriginal Law

First Nations in the Lake Superior region and the more remote communities north of Thunder Bay connect to government services and agencies centrally located in the City of Thunder Bay or on the Fort William First Nation adjacent to the City. Carfagnini Law Office Professional Corporation provides legal services to many of these agencies and governmental organizations.
Tony Carfagnini has provided corporate and commercial legal advice to First Nations in the region since 1980, particularly in economic development initiatives such as forestry and small hydro developments. He has developed expertise in the issues surrounding natural resource development on reserve lands and territory subject to the Anishinabek Land Claim. As general counsel to the Ojibways of the Pic River First Nation, he participated in the development of the 13.5 megawatt Wawatay Generating Station, which began producing power in 1992 and has been described as a model of private sector and First Nation co-operation. Other Pic River joint venture projects at Twin Falls on the Kagiano River and Umbata Falls on the White River are now operational.
In addition to work on renewable energy projects, Tony acts as legal advisor to many non-profit agencies providing child welfare, counselling, health services, treatment and other vital social services to Nishnawbe people throughout Northwestern Ontario.

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Business and Corporate Law

Tony Carfagnini provides legal services for small business including incorporation, review of commercial leases, maintenance of corporate records, shareholder agreements, amalgamations, re-organizations and purchase and sale transactions.
The firm also regularly advises a wide range of non-profit corporations including credit unions, housing co-operatives, aboriginal economic development corporations, social service agencies, and charitable organizations. Services are provided in the areas of incorporation, amalgamation and re-structuring, continuance under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act and the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act 2010, revival and dissolution of non-profit corporations.

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Charities and Not-for-Profit Law

Tony Carfagnini has been active with Credit Unions, Co-operatives and First Nations organizations since 1980. His interest in corporate governance and charitable organizations led to a number of public presentations for the benefit of clients and the general volunteer community. Our office has provided training to a number of charitable and Not-for-Profit Organizations. These workshops can be tailored to meet the needs of the organization.
Tony is a member of the Ontario Bar Association – Charitable and Not-for-Profit Section and is well versed in continuing developments in this area of law.

Legal Services include:

  • Application for charitable organization registration with Canada Revenue Agency
  • Corporate governance advice including by-law reviews
  • Directors liability and risk management
  • Incorporation of non share capital corporations including charitable corporations
  • Transition Agreements, mergers, dissolution
  • Advice and applications for transition to the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act and the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act 2010

If you are active in a not for profit corporation, organization or board, you may be exposed to personal liability. Carfagnini Law Office Professional Corporation can assist you with reviewing incorporating documents, by-laws, constitution and policies in order to help you prepare a risk management plan for your organization or group. We have assisted dozens of community organizations with their legal issues and would be pleased to assist you.

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Wills, Powers of Attorney, Estates, Trusts

Tony provides services to individuals in preparation of Wills, Powers of Attorney, and trust agreements. General advice on estate planning matters appropriate to the property and personal wishes of the client is provided in each case. The firm provides advice and assistance to Executors and Trustees as necessary to perform the duties required of them in administering estates and transferring property to beneficiaries.
Tony is a member of the Ontario Bar Association Estates and Trusts Section, and has taught the Law Clerk course on Estate Administration at Confederation College. He is the author of a paper entitled “Wills and Estates of Mental Incompetents”, published in the journal Health Law in Canada.
A former director of the Memorial Society of Thunder Bay, Tony has spoken often to community groups on the subject of Wills, Powers of Attorney and Estate Administration.

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