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Sandra D. Glazier

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Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
  • Domestic & Family Law
  • Probate Litigation
  • Probate & Trust Administration
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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 39 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 currently a member of the Probate Council for the State of Michigan, where she chairs the Committee on Guardianships, Conservatorships and End of Life, and is a member of the ad hoc committee on undue influence.

Glazier is a member of the ABA Family Law and Real Property, Trust and Estates (RPTE) sections, and has served as an appointed member of the RPTE-TE Continuing Legal Education Committee and currently sits on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and is the Vice Chair of the RPTE Elder Law and Long Term Care Committee. She recently received a one-year Presidential appointment as Special Advisor to the Commission on Law and Aging.

Glazier is also one of only five attorneys currently named as a legal advisor to the prestigious Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute and is on the editorial advisory board of Trust & Estates Magazine for Planning and Taxation.

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, WealthManagement.com., 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.

Publications & Articles
  • Bloomberg Tax Management Portfolio on Divorce and Separation, Glazier & Klein, 515-4th T.M., Divorce and Separation, Sept. 2021.
  • When Worlds Collide: Beneficial Interests in Trusts and Dissolution of Marriage, 46 Tax Mgmt. Est. Gifts & Tr. J. No. 5, Sept. 9, 2021.
  • Karungi v. Ejalu: Zygote, Embryo, Fetus, Oh My! LISI Estate Planning Newsletter #2902 (Aug. 30, 2021).
  • Sample Client Letters Created by Sandra D. Glazier, Abigail O’Connor & Martin Shenkman: Educating Clients about Current Planning Opportunities, Issues and More. LISI Estate Planning Newsletter #2892, Jun. 29, 2021.
  • In re Gerald F. Johnson Revocable Trust: Unintended Waiver? LISI Estate Planning Newsletter #2891, Jun. 28, 2021, republished Michigan Family Law Journal, Vol 51, No. 6, June/July 2021, pp. 16-19.
  • In re Dockins: To Be or Not To Be – Is an Undistributed Inherited 401(k) Park of a Bankruptcy Estate? LISI Asset Protection Planning Newsletter #416, Jun. 15, 2021.
  • The Case of the Issue: PF, Petitioner-Appellant v. JF, Respondent-Appellee, Michigan Family Law Journal, Vol. 51, No. 4, pp. 6-8, co-authored with Henry Gornbein, Apr. 2021.
  • Ladybird, Ladybird, Fly Away Home, Your House is On Fire, Your Insurance is Gone; Strope-Robinson v. State Farm Fire & Casualty: The Importance of Adding Appropriate Insureds when Ladybird Deeds Are Utilized, LISI Estate Planning Newsletter #2876, Apr. 8, 2021, republished Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, Vol.40, Spring 2021, No. 2, pp. 23-24.
  • Byars v. Department of Treasury: 2020 Cares Act Payments Subject to Offset to Satisfy Child Support Arrearage but 2021 Stimulus Payments Will Not, LISI Income Tax Planning Newsletter #212, Apr. 5, 2021.
  • Undue Influence: Focus Factors During a Pandemic, TrustsandEstates.com Magazine, Apr. 2021, republished Michigan Family Law Journal, Vol. 51, No. 4, pp.18-19, Apr. 2021.
  • The Case of the Issue: Staple v. Staple, Michigan Family Law Journal, Vol. 51, Number 3, pp 5-7, co-authored with Henry Gornbein, Mar. 2021.
  • Perspectives on Planning for Personal Property, Bloomberg Tax Management Estates, Gifts and Trusts Journal, 3/11/2021, Copyright 2021 by the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.; Co-authored by Sandra D. Glazier, Esq., Kim Kamin, Esq. and Martin M. Shenkman, Esq.
  • Levitan v. Rosen: Why Marital Property Agreements and Drafting Intent Provisions in Trusts Remain Important Considerations, LISI Estate Planning Newsletter #2797 (June 2, 2020).
  • Biddle v. Commissioner: Surprise Section 71 Issues Linger After 2018, LISI Estate Planning Newsletter #2792, April 29, 2020, republished Michigan Family Law Journal, Vol. 50 Number 5, May 2020.
  • A Rose by Any Other Name May Not Smell As Sweet – Lerbakken v. Sieloff and Associates, P.A., Revisited, Retirement Benefits Received as a Result of Divorce May Not Be Entitled to Federal Bankruptcy Exemption Treatment, LISI Asset Protection Newsletter #398, Feb. 25, 2020.
  • Undue Influence and Vulnerable Adults, ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, book co-authored with Thomas M. Dixon and Thomas F. Sweeney, Feb. 2020, ISBN 9781641056168.
  • The Revenue Officer Compliance Sweep (ROCS) program: The Importance of Knowing the Difference between a Scam and When the IRS is Actually Knocking at your Door, LISI Income Tax Planning Newsletter #190, Feb. 5, 2020.
  • Nice v. United States: The Tax Man Cometh – Another Potential Adverse Consequence of Elder Financial Abuse, LISI Estate Planning Newsletter #2775, Jan. 27, 2020.
  • Review Irrevocable Trusts for Potential Enhancements through Modification, ABA RPTE eReport 2019 Fall Issue, co-authored with Martin M. Shenkman, Dec. 2019.
  • Estate and Tax Planning Roadmap for 2019-2020, LISI Estate Planning Newsletter #2745 (Sep 3, 2019), co-authored with Martin M. Shenkman, Jonathan G. Blattmachr and Joy Matak, republished NAEPC Journal of Estate and Tax Planning, Issue 32 – Oct. 2019.
News
  • Trusts & Estates Magazine Appoints Sandra D. Glazier to its Planning & Taxation Committee Editorial Advisory Board. Trusts & Estates is the pre-eminent, peer review journal and website for wealth management professionals serving the needs of high-net-worth clients. Its readers have an average of 25 years’ experience and their clients generally have at least $10 million in assets to invest. Articles submitted for publication are reviewed for content that is timely, sophisticated, scholarly and cutting-edge.
Community Involvement
  • Glazier, a resident of West Bloomfield, is also active in her community. She has served on the local boards of the Jewish National Fund, Jewish Theological Seminary and Congregation Beth Ahm.
  • Estate and Related Planning Today: A Free Sampling of the Upcoming 46th Annual Notre Dame Tax & Estate Planning Institute, co presented with Jerome Hesch, Jonathan Blattmachr, Alan Gassman, Christopher Denicolo, Todd Angkatavanich and Martin Shenkman, Lemberg Information Services (Sept. 2021)
  • Video Recording Considerations: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, ABA RPTE Elder Law Committee Monthly Conference Call via Zoom (July, 2021)
  • Elder Abuse and How to Prevent It, Trust & Estates Magazine Webinar (Jul. 2021)
  • Creative Planning in Light of the Changing Political Landscape and Possible Tax Consequences; NAEPC – AEP Forum Webinar, co-presented with Abigail E. O’Connor and Martin M. Shenkman (Jun. 2021)Trusts: Planning and Drafting for Divorce, InterActive Legal Webinar, co-presented with Susan Reach Winters, Martin M. Shenkman and Jonathan G Blattmachr (Apr. 2021)
  • Tangible Personal Property: Planning, Drafting, Tax and Practical Considerations, InterActive Legal Webinar, co-presented with Roberta Kramer, Kim Kamin, and Martin Shenkman (Apr. 2021)
  • Planning for Tangibles, TrustandEstates.com eCLE Webinar, co presented with Susan Lipp, Kim Kamin and Martin Shenkman (Jan. 2021)
  • Undue Influence and Covid-19, Gracefully Greying hosted by Henry Gornbein (Jan. 2021), https://gracefullygreying.com/blog/watch-undue-influence-and-covid-19
  • Defensive Practices Because Nothing Is Safe: How Practitioners Can be Safer and Reduce Malpractice Risks; 48th Notre Dame Tax & Estate Planning Institute, co presented with Martin Shenkman and Howard M. Zaritsky (Oct. 2020)
  • Perspectives on Planning for Personal Property; 48th Notre Dame Tax & Estate Planning Institute, co presented with Kim Kamin and Martin Shenkman and moderated by Susan Lipp (Oct. 2020)
  • Toss the Blue Backs and Sealing Wax, Electronic Wills Are Here! Or Are They?, RPTE National CLE Conference, co presented with Suzanne Walsh, Melissa Dibble and John Rogers, Jr. (May, 2020)
  • Practical Options for Estate Planners in Unexpected Times, InterActive Legal Webinar, co- presented with Prof. Gerry W. Beyer, Bruce Stone and Suzanne Brown Walsh, moderated by Vanessa L. Kanaga (Mar. 2020)
  • Electronic Wills in The Digital Age, ABA RPTE eCLE Webinar, co presented with Turney P. Berry and Bruce Stone (Nov. 2019)
  • Capacity & Ethical Considerations When Representing Vulnerable Adults, Wayne County Probate Court Appointed Lawyers Training, Detroit, MI (Oct. 2019)
  • Capacity & Ethical Considerations When Representing Vulnerable Adults, ABA RPTE Elder Law- committee conference call presentation (Oct. 2019)
  • Joint Representation – Conflicts, Waivers, Privileges and Retention Agreements, 45th Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute, South Bend, Indiana (Sept. 2019)
  • Wills In The Cloud – The Pros, Cons & Inevitability of Electronic Wills, InterActive Legal Webinar, co- presented with Prof. Gerry W. Beyer, Bruce Stone and Suzanne Brown Walsh, moderated by Vanessa L. Kanaga (Aug. 2019)
  • Defensive Practices Because Nothing Is Safe: How Practitioners in All Fields Can Be Safer and Reduce Malpractice Risks, Leimberg Information Services, Inc. Webinar, co-presented with Martin M. Shenkman and Howard M. Zaritsky (Aug. 2019)
  • Key Terms to Include in Retainer Agreements for a Modern Practice, Trusts & Estates Webinar, co-presented with Martin M. Shenkman, moderated by Susan Lipp (Apr. 30, 2019)
  • Capacity & Ethical Considerations When Representing Vulnerable Adults, Lakeshore Legal Aid In-House Attorney Training, Southfield, MI (Mar. 2019)
  • Trust and Estate Litigation: Planning Ahead for the Inevitable, 2019 John Hopkins All Children’s Conference, St. Petersburg, Florida (Feb. 2019)
  • Defending Breach of Fiduciary Claims, STEP Orange County, Newport Beach, California (Feb. 2019)
  • Fraud in the Family; Ethical Considerations in Representing Vulnerable Adults, 44rd Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute, South Bend, Indiana (Oct. 2018)
  • Ethical Considerations in Representing Vulnerable Adults, Wilmington Trust NY Trust Symposium, New York, NY (Oct. 2018)
  • Key Signs of Elder Abuse – Practical Law with Henry Gornbein, https://www.bloomfieldtwp.org/Government/Services/Cable/Video-on-Demand/2018/Practical-Law.aspx (Aug. 6, 2018)
  • Capacity and Ethical Considerations When Representing Vulnerable Adults (and the Implications to the Practice of Family Law), State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section Mid-Summer Seminar, Boyne City, Michigan (Jul. 2018)
  • Estate Planning Retainer Agreements and Engagement Letters Webinar, co-presented with Martin M. Shenkman, Webinar sponsored by Peak Trust Company and Interactive Legal (Jul. 2018), re-published by National Academy of Continuing Legal Education (Jul. 2018)
  • Planned Giving after the 2017 Tax Act, a panel presentation with Carol G. Kroch and Sally Baker, co-sponsored by University of Michigan Department of Planned Giving and Wilmington Trust, NA, New York, NY (Jun. 2018)
  • Gracefully Greying – New Radio Media, Episode 8, Elder Financial Abuse Scams, a discussion with Henry Gornbein (June 13, 2018)
  • Gracefully Greying – New Radio Media, Episode 7, Elder Abuse Concerns, a discussion with Henry Gornbein (recorded June 13, 2018)
  • It May Be a Small World But You’ve Still Got to Wait for Your Turn- Issues with Elder Planning and Abuse, a Panel Presentation, co-presented with Zisl Edelson and Chasity Sharp Grice, moderated by Hon. Cheryl Cesario, ABA RPTE Spring Symposium, Orlando, FL (May, 2018)
  • Joint Representation: Conflicts, Waivers, Privileges, and Retention Agreements, ICLE Drafting Estate Planning Seminar – Grand Rapids, MI (Jan. 2018) & Plymouth, MI (Feb. 2018)
  • “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–presented with Laura Lattman, ABA Webinar (Dec. 2017)
  • Undue Influence: What Every Estate Planner Should Know – Lorman Webinar, co-presented with Thomas M. Dixon (Nov. 2017)
  • Removal and Surcharge of Fiduciaries: Practicality, Obstacles and Defending the Fiduciary, 43rd Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute, South Bend, Indiana (Oct. 2017)
  • Trusts & Estates Magazine – Undue Influence Webinar, co-presented with Thomas M. Dixon, moderated by Susan Lipp (Oct. 2017)
  • The Gravamen of the Attorney-Client Privilege in Will and Trust Contests, Wilmington Trust NY Trust Symposium (Jul. 2017)
  • “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–presented with Laura Lattman, ABA-RPTE Spring Symposia –Community Outreach Program, Denver, CO (Apr. 2017)
  • The Gravamen of the Attorney-Client Privilege in Will and Trust Contests, 42nd Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute, South Bend, Indiana (Oct. 2016)
  • Testimony from Beyond the Grave – The Gravamen of the Attorney-Client Privilege in Will and Trust Contests, Bloomberg BNA Estate and Gift Tax Advisory Board, NY, NY (Sept. 2016)
  • Litigating Undue Influence, co-presented with Thomas M. Dixon, Wayne County Probate Court Appointed Lawyer Seminar, Detroit, Michigan (Sept. 2016)
  • Planning for Vulnerable Adults, Recognizing Undue Influence & Litigating It, co-presented with Thomas M. Dixon and Thomas F. Sweeney, Wilmington Trust NY Trust Symposium, NY, NY (Jun. 2016)
  • Planning for vulnerable adults, recognizing undue influence & litigating it, co-presented with Thomas M. Dixon and Thomas F. Sweeney, Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium, Overland Park, Kansas (Apr. 2016)
  • The Intersection of Probate & Family Law Post-Mortem, OCBA Joint Family Law and Probate, Estate and Trust Committee Seminar, Bloomfield Hills, MI (Mar. 2016)
  • Attorneys Planning for Vulnerable Adults, Recognizing Undue Influence & Litigating It – co-presented with Sharon L. Klein, Thomas M. Dixon and Thomas F. Sweeney, ABA Webinar (Dec. 2015)
  • The Presumption of Undue Influence, co-presented with Thomas M. Dixon, OCBA-Probate Committee, Bloomfield Hills, MI (Oct. 2015)
  • Planning for Vulnerable Adults, Recognizing Undue Influence & Litigating It, co-presented with Thomas M. Dixon and Thomas F. Sweeney, 41st Notre Dame Estate Planning Institute, South Bend, Indiana (Sep. 2015)
  • Planning for vulnerable adults, recognizing undue influence & litigating it, co-presented with Sharon L. Klein, Thomas M. Dixon and Thomas F. Sweeney, ABA-RPTE Spring Symposia, Washington, DC (Apr. 2015)
  • Undue Influence: Probate Litigation Perspective, co-presented with Thomas M. Dixon and moderated by Thomas F. Sweeney, Institute of Continuing Legal Education Webinar (Spring 2015)
  • Undue Influence: Protecting Vulnerable Adults through Estate Planning, co-presented with Thomas F. Sweeney and moderated by Thomas M. Dixon, Institute of Continuing Legal Education Webinar (Spring 2015)
  • Planning for Vulnerable Adults, Recognizing Undue Influence & Litigating It, co-presented with Thomas M. Dixon, BNA Estate & Gift Tax Advisory Board, New York, New York (Mar. 2015)
  • The Intersection of Probate & Family Law – Post-Mortem, State Bar of Michigan – Family Law Section Mid-Summer Seminar, Boyne City, MI (Jul. 2014)
  • How to Separate the Yolks from the Whites; A Recipe for Determining the Nature and Divisibility of Assets, Institute of Continuing Legal Education- Fifth Annual Family Law Institute (Nov. 2006)
  • Valuation and Tax Issues in Divorce Settlements, State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section Mid-Summer Seminar, Petoskey, MI (Jul. 2005)
  • Family Law – Valuation Issues and Tax Issues in Divorce Settlements, OCBA State of the Law Day, Bloomfield Hills, MI (Sept. 2003)
  • Equitable Distribution in Divorce Settlements in Michigan: Valuation, Tax and Other Issues, BNI, Southfield, MI (2002)
  • Wayne State University School of Law, J.D.
  • Wayne State College of Liberal Arts, B.A. – cum laude
  • Michigan
  • Trusts & Estates Magazine: Planning & Taxation Committee Editorial Advisory Board
  • ABA Family Law and Real Property, Trust and Estates (RPTE) sections; appointed a member of the RPTE Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell’s Peer and Judicial Review every year since 1993
  • Super Lawyer – 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022 in Trust & Estate Litigation
  • Leading Lawyer (Michigan) -2020, 2021 & 2022 in Family Law and Trust, Will & Planning Law
  • 2018 Bloomberg Tax Estates, Gifts and Trusts Tax Contributor of the Year Award
  • 2018 Trusts & Estates Magazine Distinguished Authors Award for Thought Leadership
  • The OCBA Probate, Estate and Trust Committee received the OCBA Award of “Committee of the Year – 2016 under Sandra’s leadership and guidance as its chairperson
  • Awarded distinction of “Top Lawyer” in the categories of family law, probate and estate planning by dbusiness, Detroit’s Premier Business Journal – 2010
  • Recipient of the OCBA Distinguished Service Award – June, 2003

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