The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate provides legal services and advice absolutely free to all active duty personnel and their dependents along with reservists and guardsmen on federal active duty and their dependents. In addition, retired personnel, their dependents, and dependent survivors may also receive legal assistance to the extent personnel and facilities are available.
Air Force attorneys and paralegals can assist eligible personnel with wills, powers of attorney, notary service, or advice on personal civil legal matters such as adoption, landlord-tenant issues, tax assistance, and consumer law questions. Legal assistance officers are licensed attorneys who are assigned by the Air Force to advise and counsel members on personal legal problems.
The Legal Assistance Program offers counseling for personal civil matters. Legal assistance officers cannot represent clients in court, nor can they advise persons who have hired a civilian attorney on the same subject matter. They cannot advise about criminal matters, or UCMJ related offenses, (active duty members with these issues should contact the Area Defense Counsel Office, at (661) 277-2809 or DSN 527-2809, nor can they assist someone to avoid paying a debt or advise someone regarding private commercial business and other outside employment. Legal assistance officers are also prohibited from preparing personal legal documents on behalf of those eligible, except for wills, powers of attorney, and affidavits.
Powers of Attorney, Notary and Claims services are available Monday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. – noon. Real Estate and Refinance notary services are by appointment only. Please call the legal office for additional information.
Please visit the Air Force Legal Assistance Website to find information on various legal assistance topics. Also, please find useful information regarding common legal issues on the right side of this website under Legal Assistance Resources.
Legal assistance for personal, civil matters is available by appointment only. Please call (661) 277-4310 to make an appointment.