Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday: 0900-1600
Friday being 0900-1500
The best method of contact and inquiries, is the Legal Assistance E-mail:
- Fort Stewart: email@example.com;
Email is preferred method of contact however, both offices will be available by phone as well, at the following numbers:
- Fort Stewart Legal Assistance Office: (912) 767-2071; (912)767-2805; (912) 767-8819
- Hunter Army Airfield Legal Assistance Office: (912) 767-2071; (912) 767-2805; (912) 767-8819
- Need a notary or POA? Active duty servicemembers will contact your perspective Brigade Legal Office for assistance. Each Brigade has an assigned Legal office that can produce and execute Power of Attorneys, notaries, and ad valorem forms for Active duty and their dependents. Tenant units will fall under DIVARTY.
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Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
Generally, any motor vehicle purchased and titled in Georgia is subject to a title ad valorem tax fee. Active duty service members and their dependents may qualify to be exempt from this tax. Legal Assistance Office can provide you with the proper documentation to provide Georgia Department of Revenue – Motor Vehicle Division for this exemption.
*Any active duty member of the armed services, who is not a Georgia resident, who is a citizen of the United States, and who is stationed at a military instrumentality within the State of Georgia solely by virtue of military orders. Qualified dependents means such servicemember’s spouse who is not a Georgia resident, such servicemember’s child who is not a Georgia resident, or an individual who is not a Georgia resident for whom the servicemember provided more than one-half of the individual’s support for 180 days preceding request for relief under the SCRA.
The registered owner of the vehicle (service member or dependent) must bring the service members most recent end of month LES and their Military ID card. If using a power of attorney (POA) bring the original POA.
Our attorneys assist clients with many areas of practice including family law (divorce, paternity, support, adoption). The majority of the family law filing forms can be received online and may require an attorney appointment.
No. They cannot represent you in court. LAO attorneys can only assist with uncontested divorce and helping our clients review understand legal documents. However, if you already have an attorney representing you on that matter LAO attorneys cannot assist you in any way.
The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act(“UCCJA”) has been adopted by 49 States (excluding Massachusetts). For initial custody matters, the UCCJA looks at the child or children’s “home State,” which is the State the child lived in with a parent (or a person acting as a parent) for at least six (6) consecutive months immediately before the commencement of a proceeding. However, there are other factors that may change initial jurisdiction. Legal Assistance can help you determine which State likely has jurisdiction.
Georgia law is specific in defining the rights and obligations of Landlords and Tenants. Because of these laws, military personnel and Family Members should know the consequences before they take any action.
Walk through the home or apartment (with the Landlord if possible) and document all pre-lease damage with photos. Afterwards, send photos to the Landlord via registered mail or other confirmation. Legal Assistance will review any lease agreements prior to you signing and discuss any concerns with the agreement.
Georgia law requires move-in and move-out inspections. Thoroughly inspect the premises before signing the lease and providing a security deposit. The Landlord is required to give the Tenant a list of any damages to the rental unit—before the Tenant moves into the unit. This list must be signed by the Landlord and the Tenant. Before signing, inspect the unit verify the accuracy of the list. If you do not agree with everything on the list, you must specify in writing any additional damages on the list and then sign. You may also want to take pictures when you move in.
Our attorneys provide general legal advice on estate planning and prepare simple wills, simple testamentary trusts, living wills, advanced medical directives and powers of attorney. Complex estate planning needs, including inter vivos trusts, estates with property in a US territory or foreign country, or matters involving estates valued at over 1 million dollars will be referred out.
If you die without a will you die "intestate."Each state has laws that determine how your property and bank accounts (your "estate") is distributed in the event of your death. Generally, if you are unmarried and have no children your entire estate will go to your parents if they are alive. If you are not survived by any parents, the estate will go to your siblings, then grandparents, then aunts and uncles, then cousins. Only in the event of no surviving family member will the State receive your assets.If you are married or have children, generally the estate will go to your spouse and your children.
Our office provides a wide range of legal services under Army Regulation 27-3. Military administrative (Financial Liability Investigation of Property Loss, OER and NCOER appeals, General Officer Memoranda of Reprimand rebuttals, Article 138 complaints, security clearances). These services will require an appointment. If you are having a legal issue with an upcoming suspense (example a FLIPL, GOMOR, or civilian court date), DO NOT wait to until the last minute to come into our office to make an appointment. Come as soon as you receive notice of the action or court date. We may not be able to assist you if you wait until the last minute to seek legal assistance.
Many military administrative matters have a timing requirement and need to be responded to within a few days. If you have been notified of any adverse administrative action against you then you need to come see Legal Assistance immediately. This includes GOMORs and FLIPLs. Do not wait to come into the office because it may take some time for you to get supporting documents together to respond.
Army and local policy require that Soldiers who have a DUI receive a GOMOR.
No. There are many factors that go into accessing liability for a FLIPL and just because you have signed a hand receipt for equipment does not mean that you are automatically required to pay for it. Bring the DD 200 and all accompanying paperwork to the Legal Assistance Office and one of our attorneys will sit down with you and go over what you may or may not be liable for.
Generally, the assessment of liability for a FLIPL is limited to one month's base pay in the absence of gross negligence or willful misconduct.
There are many reasons your security clearance may be revoked. You have the ability to submit a written response rebutting the revocation of your security clearance before it becomes effective. Bring all paperwork to the Legal Assistance Office and we will have an attorney go over your situation and how to respond to the revocation of your security clearance.
SPECIAL VICTIM COUNSEL PROGRAM
The Special Victim Counsel (SVC) is a licensed attorney in the Judge Advocate General's Corps who represents victims of sex-related offenses throughout the duration of the Military Justice or administrative process. The SVC works exclusively for the victim, not for the Army or any other person, organization, or entity.
If the victim requests an SVC, the SVC will work with the victim to aid in understanding the legal proceedings or administrative actions in the case and represent the victim at all times during a courts-martial. The SVC can accompany the victim to all interviews with the investigators, the Prosecutor, or Defense Counsel. The SVC can also provide legal assistance services as needed.
For more information, contact your Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) or Victim Advocate. You may also contact the Legal Assistance Office at 912-767-8819 and ask to speak to the Chief of Legal Assistance.
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Our office provides a wide range of legal services under Army Regulation 27-3. Powers of attorney and notaries are available on a walk-in basis during all office hours. Our attorneys assist clients with many areas of practice including family law (divorce, paternity, support, adoption), real and personal property (landlord tenant, housing), consumer law (debt collection, garnishment, SCRA), civilian administrative (name changes, immigration and naturalization), military administrative (Financial Liability Investigation of Property Loss, OER and NCOER appeals, General Officer Memoranda of Reprimand rebuttals, Article 138 complaints, security clearances). Estate planning services (wills, health care directives, durable powers of attorney) are offered. Power of Attorney and notarial services are on a walk-in baisis. Most other Legal Assistance services require an attorney appointment.
We cannot go to court with you. In addition, under Army Regulation 27-3, the following are types of cases in which legal assistance is either not authorized or only offers limited services: military justice matters (Trial Defense Services represents servicemembers in military justice matters), private business activities, civil litigation, claims against the United States, civilian criminal matters including traffic tickets, employment matters (except those involving enforcement of USERRA), torts, contingent legal fee cases, prepaid legal representation cases, standards of conduct issues, and complex estate planning.
We provide general legal information over the telephone. We cannot provide legal advice or make appointments over the phone.
Appointments must be made in person at the Fort Stewart Legal Assistance Office, Building 709, 1791 Gulick Avenue, Fort Stewart, GA 31314. Clients must bring a valid military ID card with a DOD ID number.
Wait times can vary, but appointments are typically available within two weeks of making an appointment.
There are very few legal issues that we are able to assist you with that require seeing an attorney immediately or on the same day. If you notify our front desk that you must see an attorney immediately, an attorney will speak with you to evaluate your situation and determine whether a same day appointment is necessary. If you are having a legal issue with an upcoming suspense (example a FLIPL, GOMOR, or civilian court date), do not wait to until the last minute to come into our office to make an appointment. Come as soon as you receive notice of the action or court date. We may not be able to assist you if you wait until the last minute to seek legal assistance.
If you are located far away from our office, you can receive assistance at any legal assistance office (Army, Air Force, Navy or Coast Guard) in your area. We also provide limited legal assistance services in Army military administrative matters to Soldiers located in Florida or outside the greater Fort Stewart area. If you call or email our office and are determined to be eligible for services, we may be able to assist you remotely with your defense in military administrative matters over the telephone and email. Please call or email our office for more information.
Primary: (912) 767-2071/2805/8819
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944 William H. Wilson Ave ,Suite 119
Fort Stewart GA 31314
NOTICE: Walk-in Services include Notary, POA, Ad Valorems, to schedule appointments & general legal questions. You can also email us to schedule an appoint and ask general legal questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
Primary: (912) 767-2071/8819/2805
638 Horace Emmet Wilson Blvd
Hunter Army Airfield GA 31409
NOTICE: Walk-in Services include Notary, POA, Ad Valorems, to schedule appointments & general legal questions. You can also email us to schedule an appoint and ask your general legal questions. email@example.com
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