Amanda K. Miars

Member

(910) 218-7217
(910) 763-6561

Amanda uses her legal, business, and analytical skills to add value to clients across a broad array of business and legacy planning needs.  She provides strategic counsel to private businesses and families with an eye toward preventing problems.

Amanda provides general counsel services to private and family-owned companies and entrepreneurs. She represents business clients in a variety of corporate and transactional matters throughout the business life cycle, including:

  • entity startup and formation
  • financing and capital fundraising
  • corporate governance and buy-sell agreements
  • commercial transactions
  • business restructurings
  • business disputes and divorces
  • real estate issues and transactions
  • attracting and retaining key employees
  • strategic partnerships and mergers and acquisitions
  • business succession planning and exit strategies

Because each business has unique objectives and faces distinct challenges, Amanda focuses on understanding these challenges to creatively problem solve and offer business and legal advice. In performing these services, Amanda understands that clients need the right size representation, proportional to their needs and the circumstances of the representation. She is passionate about helping clients grow, scale, manage, and transition their businesses with direct, pragmatic advice and advocacy.

Amanda also advises individuals and families on wealth preservation, family succession, and estate planning, assisting clients with sophisticated wealth management and asset transfer decisions and planning. She assists in the preparation of all aspects of estate plans. In addition, Amanda advises individuals and families in connection with:

  • estate and business succession planning issues
  • asset protection planning
  • the administration of decedents’ estates
  • preparation of federal estate tax returns for taxable and non-taxable estates
  • charitable gifting
  • estate related litigation, including the modification and/or termination of irrevocable trusts and negotiation and preparation of family/estate settlement agreements

She handles sensitive financial issues in complete confidence, takes the time to truly listen and examine each situation, and then guides her clients through complicated situations with sensitivity and professional insight. She places great importance on client service and provides comprehensive, efficient, and cost-effective solutions for her clients’ legal challenges.

Amanda was selected for inclusion in Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite – Young Guns and inclusion in North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Stars (2017-2021).

Professional Activities & Affiliations

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member of Estate, Business Law, and Fiduciary Law Section
  • American Bar Association
  • New Hanover County Bar Association, Member
  • New Hanover County Estate Planning Council, Member, Past President (2015-2016), Past Vice President/Program Chair (2013-2015)

Community Activities and Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, GLOW NC, Inc., Board Member
  • UNC-Wilmington Cameron School of Business –Alumni Steering Committee
  • Board of Directors, Junior League of Wilmington, Inc., Past Board Member
  • Board of Directors, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) – Coastal Carolina Chapter, Past Board Member
  • Member of First Presbyterian Church

Honors & Awards

  • WILMA’s Women to Watch Leadership Initiative – 2018 Leadership Institute Program Participant (January 2018 – September 2018)
  • Selected for inclusion in Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite – Young Guns (2019)
  • Selected for inclusion in North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition (2017-2021)

Article, Publications, Speeches

Co-Editor, “North Carolina Estate Administration Manual, Supplemented Eighth Edition” (NC Bar Association, 2014/2016)

Education

Bar & Court Admissions

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