Organisation Structures and Status

What is the difference between legal structure and legal status?

What is a company limited by guarantee?

How to become a company limited by guarantee.

To apply for incorporation for as a company limited by guarantee the memorandum and articles of association together with a completed form A1 should be sent by the organisation's solicitor or accountant to: The Companies Registration Office, Parnell House, 14 Parnell Square, Dublin 1. Tel: (01) 8045200. Website:

What is a Constitution?

This is the simplest form of legal structure for a voluntary organisation and does not require registration. A constitution is a document that sets out the rules of the group. It includes the name of the group, the area where the group operates, its activities, membership, voting rights, committees and officers, and details about finance, meetings and how alterations of the constitution can be made. A sample constitution is attached and this can be easily adapted to suit the needs of most voluntary or community groups. The advantage of this type of structure is that it is cheap to draw up, it is informal and it is suitable for an organisation such as a small self-help group, club or society. The disadvantages are that it is an unincorporated body and has no legal status and is not suitable for an organisation acquiring property or employing staff. All members are responsible for the group's activities.

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