Legacy Estate & Elder Law of Louisiana, LLC is a law firm serving Baton Rouge and surrounding parishes. Our firm focuses on elder law, estate planning, estate administration, probate and successions issues and long-term care planning.

Linda S. Melancon

Linda S. Melancon is an attorney practicing in the areas of Estate Planning, Elder Law, Medicaid and VA benefit’s planning, Special Needs Planning, Life Care Planning, and Estate Administration (Successions and Trust Administration).

Linda graduated magna cum laude from Mercer University with a double major in business administration and history and then attended Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center where she graduated with her law degree in 1997.

She is recognized by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in estate planning and estate administration. She is also accredited by the VA to give advice regarding veterans’ benefits.

While in law school, Linda received the Order of the Coif award for graduating in the top 10% of her class and was a member of the Louisiana Law Review.

Also active in the community, Linda has served as a board member for Ascension Parish Council on Aging and the ARC of East Ascension. She is also a member the Baton Rouge Rotary Club, Baton Rouge Association of Women Attorneys and the Baton Rouge Aging Network.  Linda also regularly presents educational seminars for the public, as well as professional groups, on the importance of proper planning.

Betty A. Raglin

Betty A. Raglin is an attorney practicing in the areas of Taxation, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Estate Administration, Trust Law, Business Planning, and Civil Litigation. Betty is Board Certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization in the areas of Tax Law and Estate Planning and Administration.

Betty graduated from Lamar University with a Bachelor in Business Administration and then attended Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center where she graduated with her law degree in 2001. In 2002, Betty received her Master of Laws in Taxation from Southern Methodist University.

She is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and a co-author, beginning with 2010-2011 Supplement, of “Estate Planning in Louisiana” (Thomson West, 1991).

A natural speaker, Betty has presented on behalf of the law schools of Louisiana State University, Loyola University New Orleans, Southern University, and Tulane University. In addition, she is an active member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Chair of the Estate Planning Advisory Committee of the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization, and former President of the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association.

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Our mission is to help Louisiana families have a lasting legacy – a legacy beyond the mere transmission of material wealth. We accomplish our mission by guiding our clients through the legal maze of will and trust law, Medicaid planning, VA benefits, estate tax law, and probate law. But, we do much more than that. We also share the concerns and burdens of our Elder Law clients and Special Need Families who are caring for a loved one, counsel our estate planning clients in ways to preserve the harmony that is easily lost upon the disability or death of a loved one. In short, we strive to treat our clients in the same manner we would like to be treated.

Our Staff

To reach our staff, please call 225-744-0027

Cassandra L. Duke, Client Services Coordinator/Paralegal

Easily the least boring member of the team, Cassandra Duke is both Client Services Coordinator for the Legacy office and Betty’s paralegal. In 1998, Cassandra started working for her husband Carl Duke who she has been married to for 32 years. She loves what she does and delights in making an impact on people’s lives through helping them maintain their quality of life. Cassandra has 4 children: Greg, Tyson, Hillary, and Morgan. She also has six beautiful grandchildren. When she’s not spending time with her family, Cassandra is traveling, watching football or enjoying live music and Louisiana’s many festivals.

Sara M. Bingham, Director of Operations & Marketing

As Director of Operations and Marketing, Sara enjoys creating and implementing the procedures that keep the firm running behind the scenes. She began working for her mother, Linda Melancon, when she was just 10 and is thrilled to be a part of the family business once again. Sara comes back to Louisiana from a stint in the West Texas desert working at a rural NPR affiliate station. When she’s not working, Sara can be found hanging out with her husband and four pups: Rhonda, Pringle, Lincoln, and Christmas. She also likes rummaging through thrift and antique stores, searching for new music, shopping at Target, and driving through Baton Rouge looking at the historic architecture.

Brandi N. Crain, Courrier


Brandi wears many hats at Legacy Estate & Elder Law. If she’s not answering phone calls, or organizing the office to perfection, she’s running important errands for her colleagues. Every day is a new adventure that allows her to help and gives her ongoing experience. She loves to collect antiques, listen to old rock music with her dad, and take long car rides on sunny days.

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