Amanda Hayes

Attorney · University of North Carolina School of Law

Amanda Hayes is a practicing attorney serving clients in the U.S. and abroad on business and trademark matters. She also works as a freelance writer, contributing articles on small business law for Nolo.com.

Legal career. Amanda has founded two firms, located in North Carolina and Massachusetts. At her firms, she has worked on a range of cases, including in the areas of business formation, licensing, trademark and intellectual property, nonprofit, and real estate.

Credentials. Amanda is a double Tar Heel, earning her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She has passed the bar exams in North Carolina and Massachusetts, and currently practices in both states.

Business law. Amanda has served and collaborated with many companies, from small businesses to large enterprises, in a variety of industries. She considers the best part of writing about small business topics to be helping the people behind the company—often entrepreneurs pursuing a lifelong dream—set up a strong operating foundation so they can focus on what they love most. You can learn more about Amanda's law practice at ideasPLUS LLC


Articles By Amanda Hayes

Closing Your Business: What You Need to Do
Whatever your reasons for closing your business, there are a few legal tasks you need to undertake to protect yourself, your credit, and your reputation in the community, especially if you ever want to go into business again.
Can an NDA With a Foreign Company Prevent Trade Secret Theft?
Agreements don't prevent wrongdoing, they merely establish the rules in the event wrongdoing occurs.
Sample Confidentiality Agreement (NDA)
A confidentiality agreement (also called a nondisclosure agreement or NDA) is a legally binding contract in which a person or business promises to treat
LLC Protection for Members' Personal Debt in Nevada
In Nevada, like in most states, the general rule is that the money or property of an Nevada limited liability company (“LLC”) cannot be taken by creditors to pay off the personal debts or liabiliti
LLC Protection for Members' Personal Debt in Florida
In Florida, like in most states, the general rule is that the money or property of a Florida limited liability company (“LLC”) cannot be taken by creditors to pay off the personal debts or liability
LLC Protection for Members' Personal Debt in Texas
In Texas, like in most states, the general rule is that the money or property of a Texas limited liability company (“LLC”) cannot be taken by creditors to pay off the personal debts or liabilities
LLC Protection for Members' Personal Debt in New York
New York LLC law does not provide Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) with nearly as much protection from members' personal creditors as do many states.
LLC Protection for Members' Personal Debt in California
In California, like in most states, the general rule is that the money or property of an California limited liability company (“LLC”) cannot be taken by creditors to pay off the personal debts or l
Amending an Existing Contract
If a contract already exists and you and the other party want to modify some element of it -- whether it's an addition, deletion, correction, or similar change -- an amendment is an ideal solution.
Sample Amendment to Contract
This Sample Amendment to Contract can help you incorporate any changes to an existing agreement, quickly and painlessly.