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Sandra D. Glazier

Partner

3910 Telegraph Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

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

Glazier has written and presented on 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, WealthManagement.com., Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), OCBA 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.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

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

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:

  • Tax Tidbits: IRS Tax Tip 2019-18 – A Name Change Can Affect a Tax Return, Michigan Family Law Journal, Vol. 49, No. 3, March 2019, p. 33.
  • Contreras v. Commissioner – Is There Ever a Silver Lining to Domestic Abuse? Perhaps When Seeking Innocent Spouse Protection, LISI Income Tax Planning Newsletter #177 (Mar 12, 2019).
  • Lerbakken v. Sieloff and Associates, P.A. – A Rose by Any Other Name May Not Smell As Sweet, Retirement Benefits Received Pursuant to a QDRO Are Not Entitled to Federal Bankruptcy Exemption Treatment, LISI Asset Protection Planning Newsletter #378, Jan 2, 2019.
  • Electronic Wills: Revolution, Evolution, or Devolution, Tax Management Estates, Gifts and Trusts Journal, Bloomberg Tax, Reproduced with permission from Tax Management Estates, Gifts and Trusts Journal, Vol. 44, No. 1, 01/10/2019. Copyright 2019 by the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) http://www.bna.com
  • US v. Estate of Albert Chicorel: The Importance of Actual Notice to the IRS and other Known Creditors, LISI Estate Planning Newsletter #2579 (11/13/2018), at http://www.leimbergservices.com.
  • Sveen v. Melin: Presumed Intent, LISI Estate Planning Newsletter #2578 (11/8/2018) at http://www.leimbergservices.com.
  • In Re Estate of Duane Frances Horton: The Will on a Phone, LISI Estate Planning Newsletter #2657 (August 6, 2018) at http://www.leimbergservices.com.
  • Capacity and Ethical Considerations When Representing Vulnerable Adults, Bloomberg Tax Management Estates, Gifts, and Trusts, Journal, Vol. 43, No. 3, 5/10/2018.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished Especially When Acceptance Means a Target on One’s Back: Defending Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims in the Context of Trust and Estate Administration; Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Memorandum, Vol. 58, 8, p. 179, 04/17/2017.
  • Testimony from Beyond the Grave—The Gravamen of the Attorney-Client Privilege in Will and Trust Contests; Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Memorandum, Vol. 57, No. 24, p. 495, 11/28/2016
  • The Post-Mortem Saga; The Intersection of Divorce and Probate, published February 2015, Oakland County Laches
  • Michigan’s Homestead, Family and Exempt Property Allowances, published Summer, 2014, Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, Vol. 33, No. 3 .
  • A Road Map to Attorney Fees in Domestic Relations Actions,published May 2014, Michigan Family Law Journal
  • When Is a Trustee Not a Trustee (in the Context of Real Estate Business Held in Trust, For Purposes of the Net Investment Income Tax)?published April 2014, BNA Tax and Accounting Center
  • Along Came a Spider, published February 2011, Oakland County Laches, No. 535
  • Contribution: A New Remedy for Entireties Property? published December 2010 Michigan Real Property Review
  • Property Interests and Non-Marital Relationships, published August, 2010, Michigan Real Property Section E-Newsletter
  • An Overview of Important Drafting Considerations Following Enactment of the Michigan Trust Code, published February 2010, Oakland County Laches, No. 525
  • Senate Bill 1244, The 100 Mile Law, published May, 2001, Headnotes, Women’s Bar Association Newsletter, Oakland County Region of Women’s Lawyers Association of Michigan
  • A Brief History and Current Tends in Alimony Awards, published December, 1997, Oakland County Laches, No. 383

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

  • Use Retainers Agreements to Establish Good Communication Policies – Four tips to make sure advisor and client understand one another, Feb. 25, 2019, co-authored with Martin M. Shenkman
  • 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 Management.com journal for estate-planning professional, July 2015, pp 33-37.
  • Collaborative Representation by Counsel in Probate Litigation; Apr 2018, Trusts & Estates; The Wealth Management.com 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 Management.com 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 Management.com 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:

WEBINARS

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.

  • ABA Webinar – “Turns out ‘Fiduciary’ Means You Have to Give It Back:” An Introduction to Estate & Trust Litigation; Part II: Disputes over Estate or Trust Administration, co–presenting with Laura Lattman, Dec 2017
  • Undue Influence: What Every Estate Planner Should Know – Lorman Webinar, co-presented with Thomas M. Dixon Nov 2017
  • Trusts & Estates Magazine – Undue Influence Webinar, co-presented with Thomas M. Dixon, moderated by Susan Lipp, Oct 2017
  • ABA Webinar – Attorneys Planning for Vulnerable Adults, Recognizing Undue Influence & Litigating It– co-presenting with Sharon L. Klein, Thomas M. Dixon and Thomas F. Sweeney, Dec 2015
  • Wayne State University School of Law, J.D.
  • Wayne State College of Liberal Arts, B.A. – cum laude
  • Michigan
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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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