Mrs. Miars focuses her practice in the areas of corporate law and nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, estate planning, estate and trust administration, and estate and trust related litigation.
Mrs. Miars’ practice experience includes a wide range of general business law matters and corporate transactions, including advising clients on entity selection and formation, organizational issues, governance of corporate entities, mergers and acquisitions, and dispositions of businesses. Her transactional experience includes the negotiation and preparation of a variety of contractual arrangements, including operating and shareholders agreements, services and license agreements, purchase agreements and related transactional documents.
Mrs. Miars serves as counsel to a number of public charities and tax-exempt organizations. She handles the formation of nonprofit entities and application for recognition of exemption. She advises nonprofit entities on a variety of governance, preservation of tax-exempt status and risk-management issues, and has advised multiple nonprofit organizations in strategically restructuring their activities through mergers, acquisitions, and the creation of affiliated nonprofit organizations. She currently serves on a number of nonprofit boards, including the Board of Directors of the Junior League of Wilmington, Inc., where her efforts are focused on the update and implementation of policies to ensure continued accountability and effective operations in the areas of legal compliance, financial management and information management.
With respect to her estate planning and estate administration practice, Mrs. Miars assists in the preparation of all aspects of estate plans: wills, revocable trusts, durable powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney and living wills. In addition, Mrs. Miars advises individuals and families on estate and business succession planning issues, asset protection planning and the administration of decedents’ estates, as well as handles the preparation of estate tax returns. She also works with members of the firm’s litigation department in handling estate related litigation, including the modification and/or termination of irrevocable trusts and negotiation and preparation of family/estate settlement agreements.
Mrs. Miars graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (International Business) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in French. She received her Juris Doctor from Campbell University Law School, graduating cum laude. She joined the firm in the fall of 2012.
Co-Editor, “North Carolina Estate Administration Manual, Supplemented Eighth Edition” (NC Bar Association, 2014/2016)