The mission of the legal assistance program is to assist eligible individuals in a timely and professional manner by meeting their needs for information on personal legal matters and resolving their personal legal problems whenever possible.


Persons eligible to receive legal assistance:

* Active Component members and their Families.

* Reserve Component members who are serving on active duty for more than 29 days, and their Family Members;

* Retirees who are receiving military retirement and their Family Members;

* Surviving Family Members who would be entitled to legal assistance if the service or retired member were alive.

* DoD civilians (a) against whom pecuniary liability has been recommended under AR 735-5 or (b) who are deploying to a combat zone or on a contingency operation, but only on matters related to deployment.

* Primary next of kin as defined in AR 600-8 for matters related to settlement of an estate of Active Army or Reserve service members who die while in a military duty status.


Types of cases where assistance can be provided:


Family Law

            * annulments                                       * separation/divorce

            * custody                                              * support (AR 608*99)

            * visitation                                            * paternity

            * adoption                                            * PINS (person in need of supervision) / JD (juvenile delinquent)



            * wills                                                    * advance medical directives

            * testamentary trusts                         * designation of life insurance beneficiaries    


Real Property

            * leases                                                  * purchase

            * sale                                                      * warranty of habitability

            * landlord*tenant disputes                * lease termination under SCRA (Servicemembers Civil Relief Act)


Personal Property

            * contracts                                             * warranties



            * lending agreements                           * Fair Debt Collection Act

            * Fair Credit Reporting Act                   * Unfair Acts & Deceptive Practices

            * SCRA (Servicemembers Civil Relief Act)    * USERRA (Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act)

            * bankruptcy                                           * insurance disputes


Civilian Administrative

            * name change for adult                       * driving privileges


Military Administrative

            * line of duty                                           * financial liability investigations

            * OER/NCOER appeals                           * bars to reenlistment

            * driving suspensions                             * chapter actions

            * memoranda of reprimand                 * suspension of favorable action (flags)

            * Article 138 complaints                        * compassionate reassignments

            * Qualitative Management Program   * security clearance revocations



            * SCRA stay in proceedings                   * defenses



            * real property tax                                 * personal property tax

            * federal income tax                              * state income tax


Civilian Criminal Matters

            * traffic infractions                                * violations

            * misdemeanors                                    * felonies 



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Related Link:


New York Attorney General’s Office:  https://ag.ny.gov/