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

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

How to Get a Small Business License in South Dakota
Learn the steps required to obtain a business license in South Dakota.
How to Get a Small Business License in Delaware
Learn the steps required to obtain a business license in Delaware.
How to Get a Small Business License in Minnesota
Learn the steps required to obtain a business license in Minnesota.
Nonprofit Basics
Nonprofit corporations are entitled to grants, tax exemptions, and limited liability protection.
How to Start a Corporation in 7 Steps
If you've sorted through the many types of business structures and decided to start a corporation, you're
Buy-Sell Agreements for Small Businesses: Basics and Frequently Asked Questions
Questions A buy-sell agreement is used for buying and selling businesses, right? If a co-owner of a business divorces, can the former spouse ask for part ownership in the business? Can a co-owner's personal bankruptcy affect the business? What's the best way to value a company when an owner is being
6 Steps to Getting a Small Business Loan
Once you’ve decided that applying for a small business loan is the right choice, you need to know how to get one. You should evaluate your business’s needs and research the different types of financing options first before you submit a loan application. Whether you're looking to expand and hire new
Does My Corporation Need a Shareholders’ Agreement?
Are you unsure whether or not your company needs a stockholders' agreement? Learn what this type of agreement does and whether or not you need one.
Starting a Child Care Business in California
Starting a child care business in California involves a particular set of legal considerations that are specific both to the type of business and to the State of California.
Sublet and Assignment Clauses in Commercial Leases
When you’re looking for commercial space, you’ll be asking for just the right amount of square footage, for the time period you expect to remain in that location. But pressing business needs (positive or negative) may develop and require you give up part of your rental while you occupy the rest,