Nazneen S. Hasan


Nazneen Hasan helps ultra-high-wealth individuals take control of their wealth, future health, and legacies. Experienced in estate planning, business formation and succession, and complicated estate and gift tax matters, Nazneen also litigates complex jurisdictional issues in trust disputes and estate contests. More than a legal advisor, she connects with her clients on a human level, showing care and empathy while also instilling trust and confidence.

Listening is one of Nazneen’s strongest skills. Clients come to her with a range of concerns—family issues, out-of-state children, end-of-life considerations, and how and to whom their assets will transfer when they can no longer make those decisions. Nazneen gets to know each client and their family and understands the dynamics of their relationships. Using wills, trusts, advance directives, and other instruments, she assists clients in structuring their estates, anticipating tax consequences, and designating conscientious personal representatives and advocates who will carry out their wishes before and after their deaths.

Estate planning and business planning are often intertwined. Nazneen frequently counsels founders and owners regarding operating and shareholder agreements, formation of family offices and other business entities, and succession within and outside the family. Nazneen regularly represents women business owners and women of means, addressing their unique situations and providing excellent legal advice tailored to their needs.

A first-generation American, Nazneen brings her deep appreciation of family to her practice, as well as the need to explain the complexities of the law to her clients. She has developed subject-matter expertise in special needs trusts and the strategic ways they can be used. When a beneficiary receives government financial support, for example, Nazneen carefully assesses the tax implications, Medicaid and SSI eligibility, and trustee management when creating the trust.

In the probate disputes, will and trust contests, and conservatorship and guardianship challenges she litigates, Nazneen is a formidable advocate. Litigating those issues also gives her an advantage when effectively planning for her clients. Fueled by her belief in her clients and their causes, she is not intimidated by judges or opposing counsel and concentrates on delivering the desired outcomes.

Nazneen has advocated on behalf of the State Bar of Michigan in its campaign to empower and educate senior citizens about making sound estate planning decisions and has also served as a Council Member for the State Bar of Michigan’s Probate and Estate Planning Section since 2016. She regularly participates as a speaker and faculty member for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education presenting on topics related to her practice.

I’ve been told I have high EQ–emotional intelligence. I understand and connect with my clients, and I am sensitive to their relationships and circumstances. With that knowledge, I give them peace of mind and certainty about what will happen with their families and estates after they’re gone.
    • Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, LL.M.
    • Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., Managing Editor of the Journal of Clinical and Practical Law
    • University of Massachusetts, B.A., B.S.
  • Bar Admissions

    • Michigan, 2009
  • Court Admissions

    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
    • Named to Best Lawyers "Ones to Watch" list for Tax Law; Trusts and Estates, 2021-Present

    • Recipient of the Certificate for Probate and Estate Planning, ICLE and the Probate Estate Planning Section, State Bar of Michigan
    • State Bar of Michigan, Probate Council Member, Probate and Estate Planning Section, Business Law Section, Taxation Section, State Bar District I Character and Fitness Committee, Bar Journal Committee

    • Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Advisory Board Member
    • Oakland County Bar Association, Member
    • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, Member
    • South Asian Bar Association of Michigan, Member
    • Michigan Bankers Association Trust Counsel Committee Member, 2015-2017
    • Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the State Bar of Michigan, Member, 2014-2017
    • Chicago Literary Club, Member, 2021
    • Boss Ladies Referral Crew, Member, 2020
    • Elder Abuse Task Force, State of Michigan, Office of the Attorney General, 2017-Present
    • Elder Law of Michigan, Director, 2013-2018
    • Greater Lansing Estate Planning Council, Board Member, 2013-2017
    • Ele’s Place, Capital Region, 2014-2015
    • ZONTA Club of Lansing, 2014-2017
    • Hindi
    • Urdu


Latest News and Insights

Press Releases5.16.23

Nazneen Hasan and Asel Lindsey Attend Diversity Lab Mansfield Client Forum

Stemming from Dykema earning Mansfield 5.0 Certification Plus status in 2022, Nazneen Hasan and Asel…

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Press Releases8.18.22

180 Dykema Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2023 and Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch”

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today that 180 of its attorneys, in multiple practice…

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Speaking Engagements5.21.22

Overview of Succession Planning

Nazneen Hasan will serve as a featured speaker in the Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s 62nd…

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