Decision Tool

Getting started: finding your legal form

The Get Legal decision tool can start you on your journey to find the form that best fits your mission and vision. Following a short series of questions, the tool provides an indicator of an appropriate legal form and a few key aspects to help you make your decision. You will also find suggested other documentation that could help you in setting up an organisation. It does not replace the need for thorough research, and where appropriate formal advice.

Although the Get Legal decision tool leads you through to one ‘indicator’ for your legal form, often a number of different legal forms could feasibly fit, with the focus on charities and social enterprises. The decision tool asks you to make some fundamental judgements and decisions to shape its recommendation. However, as with many important decisions your answers to these questions will be informed by what you are trying to achieve and how you approach the choices.