Linda S. Melancon, Attorney
Linda S. Melancon, the founder of Legacy Estate & Elder Law of Louisiana is an attorney practicing in the areas of Estate Planning, Elder Law, Medicaid and VA benefit’s planning, Special Needs 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 the Ascension Parish Council on Aging and the ARC of East Ascension. She is also a member of the 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, Attorney
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 a former 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.
Virginia E. Pugh
Virginia Evans Pugh is an attorney practicing in the areas of Successions, Probate, Wills, Guardianships and Tutorships, as well as Estate Planning and Elder Law.
Virginia graduated from Louisiana State University in 1991 with a major in History and a minor in Economics. She graduated from Louisiana State University Law School in 1996. After a one year judicial clerkship, she went into private practice. Her practice has included Commercial Litigation, Successions, Property Law and Real Estate Closings.
After fourteen years of private practice, Virginia served eight years as a Staff Attorney in the 19th Judicial District Court. As Civil Duty Court Attorney, she reviewed all Successions, Tutorships, and other Probate matters for the civil judges. In January 2020, she joined Legacy Estate & Elder Law of Louisiana, LLC and practices in the Baton Rouge office.
In addition to her law practice, Virginia serves as an Assistant Bar Examiner for the Succession portion of the Louisiana State Bar Exam. She also presents several Continuing Legal Education Seminars on practicing Succession law for the Baton Rouge Bar Association.
Cassandra L. Duke, Client Services Coordinator/Paralegal
Cassandra Duke serves as the firm’s Client Services Coordinator. 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 Operations Manager, Sara enjoys keeping the firm running behind the scenes. Sara received her B.A. in Communications from LSU in 2013. When she’s not working, Sara can be found hanging out with her husband, Brad, and four pups: Rhonda, Pringle, Lincoln, and Christmas. She can also be found walking the LSU lakes, browsing the local antique stores, or binge-watching medical dramas on Netflix.
Brandi N. Crain, Receptionist
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.
Lisa L. Bonvillain, Legal Assistant/Paralegal
With nearly 3 decades as a Legal Assistant/Paralegal, Lisa wins the silver medal in legal longevity among the team. Since 1990, Lisa has been privy to several areas of practice, including personal injury, family law, and now, estate planning and administration. Lisa is married and has two daughters, one of which she is also attending Sowela Technical Community College with where they are both studying for the same Business Administration degree. Lisa, like all of our team, is irreplaceable. She always has a positive attitude and an un-matchable skill set that helps our practice run like a well-oiled machine.
Jennifer L. Hebert, Senior Paralegal
Jennifer joined the firm in 2015 and assists Attorney Linda Melancon in all areas of estate planning and administration, including VA and Medicaid. She received her certificate of paralegal studies from Baton Rouge College, is a commissioned notary, and has over 14 years of legal experience. Jennifer loves spending time with her two sons, the beach, weekend road trips, and attending festivals.