The Legal Assistance Office provides legal advice and assistance to eligible clients. The LAO reviews correspondence on behalf of clients to or from governmental agencies, private businesses, or private individuals. The LAO prepares or reviews legal documents including, but not limited to: wills, powers of attorney, living wills, healthcare powers of attorney, bills of sale, simple affidavits, leases, promissory notes, adoption proceedings, name changes, uncontested divorces, and separation agreements. We also prepare and review petitions to the Army Review Boards Agency, rebuttal statements or appeals for FLIPLs, officer evaluation reports, Officer or NCO evaluation reports, administrative reprimands, or other documents in connection with other military administrative actions.
To make an appointment with the Legal Assistance Office, call (334) 255-3482.
- Active Duty, Retired, or Dependents with Military ID Card
- Reserve, National Guard, or Dependents mobilized for +29 Days with updated ID Card or Orders in Hand
- DoD civilians concerning deployment matters and Financial Liability Investigations of Property Loss (FLIPL)
- Next of Kin of Servicemembers who died on active status are eligible for probate assistance
- Parent or Guardians acting behalf of a minor (minor must have Military ID Card)
Tax Assistance Center
During the tax season (January to April), the Tax Assistance Center helps Soldiers, Family members, and Retirees to prepare Federal and state income tax returns. The LAO also provides tax preparation assistance throughout the year.
Special Victims' Counsel (SVC) Program
If you are a victim of an actual or attempted sexual assault (whether or not you have reported the incident), you may contact the LAO or an SVC at (334) 255-3482.
Among the Army’s efforts to combat sexual assault in the ranks, the Special Victim Counsel Program was developed to strengthen the support of victims of sexual assault and enhance their rights within our military justice system, while neither causing unreasonable delay nor infringing upon the rights of an accused. The role of a Special Victim Counsel is to zealously represent the client's interests throughout the military justice process.
Special Victim Counsel are legal assistance attorneys who have received special training and are designated by the Judge Advocate General to serve as a SVC. Special Victim Counsel will provide zealous representation to clients. Constrained only by ethical limits, SVCs shall represent the best interests of their clients as appropriate even when their client’s interest do not align with those of the government of the United States. A SVC’s primary duty is to his/her client and no other person, organization or entity.
Preventative Law Library (Information Papers)
For other information, Fort Rucker Legal Assistance is on Facebook at facebook.com/RuckerLAO!
For additional legal resources, please visit the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corp's Legal Information Portal
All military household good claims will be processed by the Center of Personnel Claims Support, located at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Their office may be reached at (502) 624-6913 or via their website at https://www.JAGCNet.army.mil/PCLAIMS-Info.
The Claims Office investigates and processes tort claims filed against the Government and pursues recoveries from third parties on behalf of the U.S. Army and USAACE. The Claims Office also prepares litigation reports and responsive pleadings for the U.S. Attorney and the Army Litigation Division when cases go to Federal Court.