NEWS | Aug. 15, 2014

Scope of legal assistance

By 628th Air Base Wing and 315th Airlift Wing Judge Advocate

The Joint Base Charleston Legal Office's mission is to deliver professional, candid, independent counsel and full-spectrum legal capabilities to commanders and service members ensuring forces are always mission ready.

While a large part of our mission consists of assisting commanders with legal issues relating to their official duties, such as maintaining good order and discipline, legal assistance is another important part of our law practice. The focus of our legal assistance practice is providing expert legal advice on personal legal issues to active-duty members and their dependents, retirees and their dependents and Guard and Reserve on military orders. In addition, civilian personnel and contractors deploying (and deployed) to theater of operations are eligible for wills and powers of attorney by providing a copy of their orders.

The legal office can provide clients with wills, living wills, durable powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney, general powers of attorney and specific powers of attorney. Additionally, the legal office can advise clients on the following legal issues: Adoption, automobile/lemon laws, notary service, divorce and separation, immigration, landlord and tenant issues, mobility requirements, personal finances, debts, powers-of-attorney, wills and estates, renting leases, taxes, and the Service Members Civil Relief Act.

The legal office cannot provide legal advice over the phone or advise clients on legal concerns of another person, business or commercial enterprises, criminal matters, real estate sales and or closing documents. Additionally, the attorneys in the legal office are not permitted to appear in court on behalf of clients or draft petitions/pleadings to be filed in court. Members that have questions regarding any actions taken against them by military authorities should seek the advice of the Area Defense Counsel.

The legal offices are located on the Air Base in building 16000 at 102 E. Hill Blvd., Room 135, and on the Weapons Station in building 84 at 2316 Red Bank Rd.

Air Base Legal Office hours of operation
Claim information, powers of attorney and notary are available on Mondays -Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The legal office is closed on Fridays after 1:30 p.m. for training and program compliance; however, emergency legal assistance, to include deploying members and processing of time sensitive actions (Article 15s, Discharges, Courts-Martial, and other urgent command matters) will be handled as needed.

Legal consultation is available on a walk-in basis Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. for active duty in uniform only and from 1 to 3:00 p.m. for everyone else. Wills are done by appointment only on Thursdays from 8 to 11:00 a.m.

Weapons Station Legal Office hours of operation
Notaries and powers of attorney are available Mondays from 8 to 11:00 a.m. and noon to 4:00 p.m.

Walk-in legal consultation is available Mondays from 8 to 11:00 a.m. Wills are done by appointment only on Mondays from noon to 2:00 p.m.

Legal consultation is available by appointment only on Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon.

For all legal assistance appointments, call 963-5502 or DSN 673-5502. For useful legal information and to expedite service, visit the Air Force Legal Assistance website at https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil to complete a will or power of attorney worksheet. Completing the online worksheet prior to visiting the office allows clients to gather necessary information in the comfort of their home and should ensure expedited service.