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Sandra D. Glazier


3910 Telegraph Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302


Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
  • Domestic & Family Law
  • Probate Litigation
  • Probate & Trust Administration

Sandra D. Glazier is an equity shareholder with Lipson Neilson P.C. in its Bloomfield Hills, Michigan law firm office. Glazier concentrates her practice in the areas of family law; probate litigation; estate planning; and, probate and trust administration. She has served as a mediator, arbitrator and guardian ad litem in family court and probate cases.

With over 35 years of experience, she has handled a multitude of complex cases. In the probate litigation arena, Glazier has represented parties in some of the largest estates subjected to litigation in Michigan. Her experience includes, but is not limited to, complex litigation relating to claims of breach of fiduciary duty, will and trust contests, and claims of undue influence or lack of capacity.

Her divorce experience is diverse and has included a myriad of issues, including, but not limited to, valuation of closely held business interests, the impact of pre-marital, gifted and inherited property, custody and parenting time, child support, spousal support, equitable division of the marital estate and obligations, pre- and postnuptial agreements, division of retirement benefits, and tax implications.

Glazier has been an active member of the Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA) since 1987, where she has served on the Family Law Court, Probate and Legislative committees. She served as chair of the OCBA Probate-Committee during 2015-2016, with that committee earning the OCBA’s 2016 “Committee of the Year” under her leadership.

In addition, she has served as vice chair of the Probate Committee, vice chair and chairperson of the OCBA’s Family Court Committee, subcommittee chair and representative for the Family Court Division for a number of bench/bar retreats, liaison to and member of the Legislative Committee, and as a member of the OCBA’s nominating committee and its Public Advisory Committee on Judicial Candidates.

Glazier was a representative to the Second Invitational Michigan Bench/Bar Conference, and sat on the State of Michigan Second Bench/Bar Conference Committee for the Third Invitational Conference. She is also a fellow of the Adams Pratt-Oakland County Bar Foundation, where she previously served on its projects committee.

Glazier is a member of the ABA Family Law and Real Property, Trust and Estates (RPTE) sections, and has been appointed a member of the RPTE Continuing Legal Education Committee.

Glazier is also one of only four attorneys currently named as a legal advisor to the prestigious Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute.

Glazier has been inducted as a Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America, which is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only, with fellows selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in litigation and superior ethical reputation.

Glazier is also an AEP® designee by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils, in recognition of her satisfactory completion of the requirements for this graduate level, multi- disciplinary specialization in estate planning. This designation is awarded to recognize estate-planning professionals who meet the NAEPC’s stringent requirements of experience, knowledge, education, professional reputation, and character.

Glazier taught Valuation for Federal, Estate and Gift Tax Purposes in the Masters of Tax program at Walsh College.

Glazier has written and presented on many topic involving estate planning and administration.  They include such topic as undue influence, the attorney client privilege in will and trust disputes, defending fiduciaries, ethical considerations when representing vulnerable adults and other topics relating to estate planning, administration and probate litigation. She has also authored numerous articles relating to family law, including some related to spousal support, separate property, and the intersection of probate and family law.

Glazier has presented on estate planning and probate litigation issues at Bloomberg BNA Estate and Gift Tax Advisory Board, Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute, Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium, ABA,, Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), OCBA, STEP-Orange County, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Annual Estate, Tax, Legal & Financial Planning Seminar and Wilmington Trust’s New York Trust Symposium.

She has also presented on issues relating to valuation and tax, and separated versus marital property for ICLE, National Business Institute, and the OCBA. She has presented on issues relating to valuation as well as on the intersection of probate and family law for the Family Law Section of Michigan’s State Bar and the OCBA.


Glazier, a resident of West Bloomfield, is also active in her community. She has served on the local boards of the Jewish National Fund board, Jewish Theological Seminary and Congregation Beth Ahm.

Upcoming Presentations

11/14 – 11/16/19: CLE Committee Member, American Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section (ABA RPTE) Fall Leadership Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

11/21 Webinar: “Electronic Wills in the Digital Age”
Sponsored by ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law.
Sandra D. Glazier will be speaking on this webinar.
Click here to register and to find out about CLE credits in your state.

Recent Presentations:

10/17/19: “Ethical Considerations When Representing Vulnerable Adults”, Wayne County Probate Court Lawyer’s Training presentation.

10/15/19: “Ethical Considerations When Representing Vulnerable Adults”, American Bar Association (ABA) Elder Law Section presentation.

10/11/19: Estate Planning Roadmap 2019-2020: Planning before the 2020 Election; State Income Taxation of Trusts; Aging and Longevity – Part 1 Ms. Glazier was a speaker on this free webinar.

While no one can predict the 2020 election, there is a possibility of a shift of control in Washington to consider. In addition, changes in demographic trends, and increasing elder financial abuse, the challenges to estate planners have become ever more complex.

This Webinar explored various planning strategies that practitioners may employ to help clients capitalize on the estate tax environment created by the 2017 tax act, with consideration of these newer developments and trends affecting income tax planning, asset protection planning, drafting conventions and more.

8/28/19: Panelist for “Wills in the Cloud – The Pros, Cons, and Inevitability of Electronic Wills”, Interactive Legal live roundtable event.

Overview: Four states now permit (or will in 2020) some version of an “electronic will,” and the Uniform Electronic Wills Act drafted earlier this year is likely to bring the concept to other states sooner rather than later.  It appears inevitable that we as estate planners will need to address the issue of electronic wills and perhaps incorporate them into our practices, even if we may be reluctant to do so.  To embrace this challenge, InterActive Legal has put together a panel of experts on the subject, moderated by our president, Vanessa Kanaga, to debate the pros and cons, and highlight important issues involved with electronic wills and the various electronic will laws.

8/26/19: “Joint Representation: Conflicts, Waivers, Privileges and Retention Agreements”, 45th Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana (Ms. Glazier is on the advisory committee for this year’s institute.)

8/23/19: “Defensive Estate Planning Practices” webinar for Leimberg Information Services, co-presented with Martin Shenkman and Howard Zaresky.


Glazier has written a number of articles pertaining to family law, probate and estate planning. Some of those articles have included, but not been limited to:

In addition, Glazier has co-authored the following papers and articles:

  • Tips on Drafting Retainer Agreements for Couples – Potential conflicts abound, so beware, Feb. 22, 2019, co-authored with Martin M. Shenkman.
  • Portability; An Additional Consideration for Prenuptial Agreements, Apr 2018, Michigan Family Law Journal, a publication of the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section, co-authored with Martin Shenkman.
  • What Every Estate Planner Should Know About Undue Influence: Recognizing It, Insulating/Planning Against It… And Litigating It. Sandra D. Glazier, Esq., Thomas M. Dixon, Esq., and Thomas F. Sweeney, published Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Memorandum, Vol. 56, No. 11, June 1, 2015, pp 185-209, as well as Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Estates, Gifts and Trusts Journal, Vol. 40, No. 4, July 9, 2015, pp 175-198.
  • Confronting Undue Influence in your Practice? Industry experts weigh in on how to take an increasingly pervasive issue. Sharon L. Klein, Sandra D. Glazier, Thomas M. Dixon & Thomas F. Sweeney, published Trusts & Estates; The Wealth journal for estate-planning professional, July 2015, pp 33-37.
  • Collaborative Representation by Counsel in Probate Litigation; Apr 2018, Trusts & Estates; The Wealth journal for estate-planning professionals, co-authored with Thomas M. Dixon.
  • DAPTs & Klabacka – At the Intersection of Estate Planning and Family Law, Feb 1, 2018, LISI Asset Protection Planning Newsletter #357, Feb 1, 2018, co-authored with Martin Shenkman and Alan Gassman. (republished February, 2017, Michigan Family Law Journal, a publication of the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section).
  • Portability, Perhaps Permanent, But Not Easy, Oct 19, 2017, Estate Planning Review – The Journal, a monthly publication of Wolters Kluwer co-authored with Martin Shenkman
  • Lack of Coordination in Estate Planning Documents & the Potential for Best Laid Plans to Go Awry, Aug 24, 2017, LISI Estate Planning Newsletter #2576, co-authored with Martin Shenkman
  • Joint/Dual Representation; Add protections to your retainer agreements to reflect challenges involved, Aug 2017 Trusts & Estates; The Wealth journal for estate-planning professionals, co-authored with Martin Shenkman.
  • Drafting and Updating Your Retainer Agreement; Evaluate and improve certain provisions Jul 2017 Trusts & Estates; The Wealth journal for estate-planning professionals, co-authored with Martin Shenkman.
  • Contempt of Court in Michigan: Frequently Misunderstood, Frequently Misapplied – Part 1 of 3: Overview of Contempt, Aug 2017, Michigan Family Law Journal, a publication of the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section, co-authored with Hon. Lisa R. Neilson and Cynthia J. Sherburn.
  • Contempt of Court in Michigan: Frequently Misunderstood, Frequently Misapplied, Part 2 of 3: The Nuts and Bolts of Contempt Proceedings, 2017, Michigan Family Law Journal, a publication of the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section, co-authored with Hon. Lisa R. Neilson and Cynthia J. Sherburn
  • Contempt of Court in Michigan: Frequently Misunderstood, Frequently Misapplied, Part 3 of 3: What Works and What Does Not, Nov 2017 Michigan Family Law Journal, a publication of the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section, co-authored with Hon. Lisa R. Neilson and Cynthia J. Sherburn

Glazier historically appeared on the television show “Due Process” to speak on family law issues and has appeared on Practical Law with regard to elder law issues.

Links to articles may be found below:


Wills in the Cloud – The Pros, Cons & Inevitability of Electronic Wills Aug. 28, 2019  Roundtable panelist: Prof. Gerry W. Beyer, Sandra D. Glazier, Esq., Bruce Stone, Esq. and Suzanne Brown Walsh, Esq.

Estate Planning Retainer Agreements and Engagement Letters Jul 12 2018 from Sandra Glazier and Martin Shenkman.

Approved for CLE Credit on National Academy of Continuing Legal Education website.

  • Wayne State University School of Law, J.D.
  • Wayne State College of Liberal Arts, B.A. – cum laude
  • Michigan
  • Sandra D. Glazier
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  • Glazier is designated as an AV Rated Preeminent attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, a “Super Lawyer” in the area of probate litigation in 2017 and 2018 by Thomson Reuters, and was named a “Top Lawyer for 2010 by DBusiness magazine in the areas of family law, probate and estate planning.
  • Glazier received Trusts & Estates Magazine’s 2018 Distinguished Authors Award for Thought Leadership.
  • Glazier received Bloomberg Tax’s Contributor of the Year Award for 2018.
  • Glazier is a Phi Beta Kappa.
  • She was the recipient of the OCBA’s Distinguished Service Award in 2003 and has received Certificates of Appreciation from the Oakland County Circuit Court in 1997 and 1999 and from the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan in 2005 and 2014.

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