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.
Other Legal Issues
Preparing a will or filing adoption papers aren’t the only occasions where you’ll need the help of an attorney. Legal assistance is useful in a variety of situations, from reviewing leasing agreements to designing a family care plan.
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.
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.
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.
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.