Michelyn E. Pasteur

Michelyn E. Pasteur

Of counsel // mpasteur@bllhlaw.com

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Probate and Trust Administration
  • Medicaid and Elder Law


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1991
  • Michigan State University; B.A., Economics, 1968; Masters of Labor and Industrial Relations, 1970

Prior Professional Experience

  • Director, Bureau of Local Development Services, State of Michigan, Department of Commerce
  • Executive Director, Grand Rapids Area Employment and Training Counsel (GRAETC)
  • City of Grand Rapids, Human Resources Department • Chief Planning Officer

Community Service

  • Michigan State University Alumni Association • Board of Directors, Mid-Michigan Chapter, 2004-06, President 2006, 2012; Registration Coordinator, Steve Smith Alumni Golf Outing
    Rotary Club of Lansing 2003—present • Board of Directors, Rotary Foundation, 2011-present
    Catholic Social Services/St. Vincent Home • Board of Directors, 1993-2000; Chair, 1998-2000
    • Board of Directors and Legal Counsel, 1992-1999
    The Governor’s Rural Advocate, 1989-1991 
    Michigan Enterprise Zone Authority

    • Chairperson, 1986-1991
    Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce

Professional Associations & Honors

American Bar Association Member
Federal Bar Association Member
State Bar of Michigan Member
Probate and Estate Planning Section
Ingham County Bar Association
  • Member of Board of Directors 2006-2009
  • Vice Chair, Board of Directors 2008-2009 
  • Co-Chair Probate and Estate Planning Law Section 2005-2011
  • Co-Chair Bankruptcy Law Section 2002-2005
Greater Lansing Estate Planning Council
  • Past Member of the Board of Directors
Listed in The Best Lawyers in Americain the area of Elder Law
Named by The Best Lawyers in Americaas Elder Law Attorney of the Year (2012-2013)
Listed in Michigan Super Lawyers in the area of Elder Law, Estate Planning and Probate, and Business/Corporate Law
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Vice-President, Foster Zack Little Pasteur & Manning, P.C. 2001-2008
AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale Hubbell
Publications & Speaking Experience
  • Estate Recovery is Now in Play, Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal, Volume 31, Winter 2011, No. 1 
    Michigan's Estate Recovery Law, co-author, Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal, Volume 27, Summer 2008, No. 3
    Medicaid Update: The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 and Michigan’s Response, Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal, Volume 21, Winter 2007, No. 1

    Common Myths About Medicaid Eligibility – Part II, Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal, Volume 22, Spring 2003, No. 3