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The Judge Advocate provides on-time and on-target legal services to individuals and organizations in the aras of military justice, adverse administrative actions and ethics, civil, operations, environmental, labor and contract law. The Judge Advocate provides preventive law and legal assistance.

For information about JBSA legal services, please view the 2012 JBSA Legal Services Guide.

tabLegal Assistance 
The Legal Office provides free legal assistance on personal civil legal matters to eligible beneficiaries, including active duty or retired military members and their dependents. Examples of personal civil legal matters include: adoption, dependent care, financial responsibility, domestic relations, Service members Civil Relief Act (SCRA), veterans reemployment rights, landlord-tenant, and casualty affairs. The highest priority is given to active duty personnel who need mobilization- or deployment-related legal assistance.

Legal assistance attorneys can provide legal advice, conduct general review of documents, draft and send correspondence on the behalf of clients, and assist clients in preparing forms. Legal assistance attorneys cannot, however, represent clients in any court or administrative proceedings or draft or file legal documents with any court.

To qualify for Legal Assistance you must have a valid military identification card and fall into one of the following categories:
1. Active Duty Military Members and their dependents
2. Reserve and Guard Members who are on active duty and their dependents 3. Retired military members and their dependents. If you are a grey area retired reservist or guardsman or a dependent of one of them, you must be receiving retirement pay to be eligible for service. Please note you must have a military ID card to be eligible.
4. Other individuals in unique circumstances may be eligible if they have a valid military identification card.

If you have questions, please contact your local legal office.  Legal advice cannot be given over the phone. 

Legal assistance is primarily offered by appointment.  Please contact your local legal office to schedule an appointment.

Walk-In Legal Assistance

JBSA-Fort Sam Houston
Tuesday 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. (all eligible categories)
Thursday 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. (active duty only)
JBSA-Lackland
Mon-Thu 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
JBSA-Randolph
Tuesday 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
 
Wills
Legal assistance attorneys can prepare wills and advance medical directives, including living wills and medical powers of attorney. If you are deploying, we will attempt to accommodate you outside of these hours.

For those seeking wills, please schedule an appointment by contacting your local legal office. 

Before your appointment, please visit: https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil
and complete the online legal worksheet.

Powers of Attorney and Notary Services
The Legal Office can prepare general and special powers of attorney to include advanced medical directives, medical powers of attorney and provide notary services.

JBSA-Fort Sam Houston 
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
JBSA-Lackland
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
JBSA-Randolph
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 
Pro Se Programs
The legal office currently provides more expansive legal services, to include uncontested pro se divorce, pro se adult and child name change and Texas pro se probate. Please call you local legal office to schedule an appointment or come in during walk-in legal assistance.
tabVictim/Witness Assistance Program 
The Victim and Witness Assistance Program (VWAP), is a Commander-directed program that is supported by the Staff Judge Advocate Office. The VWAP Program provides guidance for the treatment of victims and witnesses of crime under the UCMJ. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, the Program ensures that victims and witnesses receive the information and assistance they deserve.

Please call you local legal office to schedule an appointment with our VWAP coordinator.
tabClaims 
The Legal Office processes claims both for and against the Air Force arising out of incidents occurring at Joint Base San Antonio locations. To file a claim, please contact your local office.

Claims Documents:
JBSA-Fort Sam Houston
Instructions for Filing Claims 
SF 95 Claims Fillable Form
Print out the claims packet; instructions and form
JBSA-Lackland
Personal Claims Information
JBSA-Randolph
Call for information

Household Goods Issues:
Air Force Personnel, please contact the Air Force Claims Service Center at 1-877-754-1212, or visit https://claims.jag.af.mil

Army Personnel, please call (210) 221-2161.
tabMilitary Justice 
The Legal Office provides legal advice on a full range of disciplinary matters to the wing commander, as well as to subordinate units and partner commands under the worldwide mission. We enable commanders to uphold good order and discipline through the efficient and equitable administration of military justice, ranging from administrative actions to general courts-martial.

The Area Defense Counsel provides individual Air Force members independent legal representation. Airmen facing adverse administrative actions or who are suspected of committing an offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice can receive confidential legal advice outside of their chain of command.

Air Force members can schedule an appointment by calling JBSA-Lackland ADC at (210) 671-2924.

Army members can schedule an appointment by calling Trial Defense Services at (210) 295-9742.

Marine and Navy Members can speak to a Legal Defense representative by calling Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christie (361) 961-3659 or (361) 961-3765.
tabTax Clinic 
The Legal Office operates a free tax clinic from early January to mid-April, preparing and filing federal and state tax returns for eligible persons. Assistance is provided by appointment only Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, please call your local legal office. To schedule an appointment at BAMC, please call (210) 916-1040.

The tax clinic is run by volunteers who receive training by IRS personnel.

Documentation needed to complete Tax Return:
-Military Identification Card
-Social Security Cards for Taxpayer, Spouse, and Dependents
-Last year's Federal Tax Return
-All W-2, 1099-MISC, 1099-R, 1099-INT, SSA-1099, 1099-DIV, 1099-B, 1098, 1098-T
-December LES
-HUD-1 for homes purchased in 2011
-Real Estate Tax Receipts
-New or Used Car, Motorcycle, Motor Home, etc purchased in 2011 (Schedule A)
-Out of Pocket Medical Expenses
-Charitable Receipts
-Child Car Expense Receipts
-Education Expense Receipts
-IRA Contribution documentation
-Voided Check or other Account and Routing Number documentation
-Click here for InTake Sheet

Click here to download a list of "What to Bring" to your tax appointment.

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tabContact Information
JBSA-Fort Sam Houston
(210) 808-0169
usaf.jbsa.502-abw.mbx.502.mbx.502-msg-ja@mail.mil
502nd Force Support Group
Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
502 ISG/JA
2271 Reynolds Road
Fort Sam Houston TX 78234

JBSA-Lackland
(210) 671-3362 or 671-3363
502nd Installation Support Group/JA
1701 Kenly Ave., Suite 134
Lackland AFB, TX 78236

JBSA-Randolph
(210) 652-6781
502nd Security Forces & Logistic Support Group/JA
1 Washington Circle Suite 6
Randolph AFB, TX 78148
tabAir Force Legal Assistance Website
Please visit https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil to find information on various legal assistance topics, and provide feedback regarding legal assistance provided to you by the legal staff.
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