Amanda Hayes


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

Professional Limited Liability Companies
A professional limited liability company (PLLC) is a business entity designed for licensed professions, such as lawyers, doctors, architects, engineers, accountants, and chiropractors.
Six Questions to Ask Before Forming an LLC
Before you create your LLC, make sure you have thought through these basic questions.
How to Start an LLC
Here's what you need to do to form a limited liability company.
Legal Guide to Gross Commercial Leases
If you’re starting a new business, expanding, or moving locations, you’ll likely need to find a space to set up shop. After touring a few places, you settle on the perfect location and you’re ready to start talks with the landlord about signing a lease. For most business owners, the landlord will
Selling Your Business: A Guide to the Due Diligence Process
Are you selling your business? This article will walk you through the due diligence process.
What Is Tortious Interference?
An outsider has harmed one of your business relationships. What can you do about it?
Trade Secret Basics FAQ
Trade secrets are an important form of intellectual property that can protect your business's confidential information.
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
Your LLC Annual Report Filing Requirements
Owners or members of a limited liability company (LLC) should familiarize themselves with their state’s LLC annual report filing requirement.
LLC Annual Report and Tax Filing Requirements in Michigan
Learn about annual report and tax filing requirements for Michigan LLCs.