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NEWS | Jan. 21, 2014

Judge Advocates offer a variety of legal services

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

The Joint Base Charleston Legal Office's mission is to deliver professional, candid, independent counsel and full-spectrum legal capabilities to commanders and servicemembers 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, dependents, retirees and their dependents and Guard and Reserve members on military orders. Additionally, 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, automobiles and auto lemon laws, notary service, divorce and separation, immigration, landlord and tenant issues, mobility requirements, personal finances and 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 closing documents. Additionally, the attorneys in the legal office are not permitted to appear in court on behalf of clients or draft petitions and 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 office is located on the Air Base in building 16000, 102 E. Hill Blvd, Room 135, and on the Naval Weapons Station in building 84, 2316 Red Bank Rd.

The hours of operation for the Air Base are as follows:

Claim information, powers of attorney and notary are available Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The legal office has reduced its operations on Fridays from 1:30 p.m. until the close-of-business to focus on 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 on Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m., for active duty in uniform only and from 1 to 3 p.m. for everyone else. Wills are done by appointment only on Thursday from 8 to 11 a.m.

Hours of operation for the Naval Weapons Station are as follows:

Notaries and powers of attorney are available on Monday from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m.

Walk-in legal consultation is available on Monday from 8 a.m. to noon Wills are done by appointment only on Monday from 1 to 3 p.m.

Legal consultation is available by appointment only on Wednesday and Friday 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, please visit the Air Force Legal Assistance website at 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.