Service members and their families can take advantage of a host of no-cost legal assistance services. Whether you need help making sense of a lease agreement, creating an estate plan, seeking legal guidance on adoption or other matters, Military OneSource is there for support and direction.
12 Situations Where You Can Get Free Legal Help
As a service member or eligible member of a military family, you have access to free legal benefits and services through your legal assistance office — for a wide range of circumstances, from reviewing a lease agreement to doing estate planning to getting advice if you get sued.
Military Legal Resources Available to You
When legal issues arise, service members and their families have a number of resources at their fingertips, much of it free. Legal assistance is available whether you need an expert to review a contract, help with estate planning, finalize deployment-related legal documents, or get advice on mediation for child custody.
Caring for a Deployed Service Member's Child
Caring for a child of a deployed service member is an opportunity to serve the country in a unique way. Like everything, a little preparation and the right information will go a long way towards ensuring a smooth transition.
Documents for a Deployed Service Member's Designated Family Caregiver
You want your family to be in the best care possible. Create a family care plan to provide the information and documents necessary for a designated caregiver to care for your family until you come home.
Estate planning is not just for the wealthy. It’s for nearly everyone who owns property, such as a house, car and savings.
How to Rent Your Home When You Deploy
While you’re deployed, you may want to rent your home or leave it in the hands of a house sitter. Both options can help deter break-ins, keep it maintained and, if you rent it, pay the mortgage.
Understanding Inheritance Issues
Inheriting money or property can be complex. Be prepared by understanding the basics and learning where you can get help.
What to Expect When Meeting With Your Lawyer
Knowing what to expect when you meet with an attorney can make your meeting more productive and efficient. Get the most out of your time together by following these tips before and during your meeting.
Your Vote Always Counts, So Be a Responsible Voter
It’s your civic duty as an American to vote. It’s also your right to make sure you’re voting for the candidate who will do the best job for your community, state and nation.
Life Happens: Legal Assistance and Paperwork for Service Members and Families
You know the drill: paperwork comes with the military. It also comes into play for legal protections — in your professional and personal life.
Be Proactive with Child Custody
If you’re a military parent who has custody or visitation rights for your children, military service can disrupt those arrangements. But you do have rights.
Managing the Divorce Process
Just about any way you look at it, divorce stinks. There are emotional and confusing legal issues that need to be faced. You can ease the time, costs and heartache of a divorce by understanding what you need to consider as you go through the legal process.
Power of Attorney Basics
A power of attorney is a written document that gives one person the authority to act on another's behalf for any legal or economic issues for a specified time. You can tailor your powers of attorney for any situation, choosing between a general power of attorney or a special power of attorney, and whether the power of attorney is durable or not.
Writing a Last Will and Testament
Although writing a last will and testament is not required, it is recommended that service members and their families have wills, even if you do not have kids or valuable property. A valid will is a legally binding document that ensures your wishes are carried out after your death.
Legal and Financial Considerations for Lesbian and Gay Service Members
Great strides have been made on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The following information will help you understand benefits and protections for lesbian and gay service members.
How Do I Report a Crime on the Installation?
Report the crime to the nearest military police agency, whether the victims are on a military installation or if military personnel were involved. Don’t take matters into your own hands if the situation is dangerous.
Service Member Privacy Versus Public Access to Information
As service members, you have the right to keep your personally identifiable information private. Meanwhile, the public has the right to access federal agency records.
Mediation is a less costly alternative to calling lawyers and heading to court. It’s an informal and confidential way to resolve conflicts with the help of a neutral mediator.
Considering the Legal Implications of Drunk Driving and Marijuana Use
Whether you’re living on or off the installation, driving under the influence or possessing or using marijuana can get you in serious trouble in the military. You should understand the consequences of these legal issues and how to handle them, if you do land in legal trouble.
American Immigration Lawyers Association Military Assistance Program
An increasing number of service members may need to address immigration legal matters. If you have questions about immigration, the American Immigration Lawyers Association Military Assistance Program provides free immigration legal services to active-duty service members, reservists, veterans and their immediate families.