Estate Planning – The Essentials

You’re a guardian of your country and your family. In order to safeguard your family’s financial future, consider taking steps that help you gain control of your property and other assets and provide for your family for the long term. Military OneSource provides resources, services and information on many legal matters and offers advice to help secure your family’s future.

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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.

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MilTax: Tax Services for the Military

MilTax preparation and e-filing software is available mid-January through mid-October. Powered by an industry-leading tax service provider, it’s designed to address situations specific to the military. This easy-to-use, self-paced tax software walks you through a series of questions to help you complete and electronically file your federal return and up to three state tax forms. Calculations are 100% accurate – guaranteed by the software provider.

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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.

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The Military Spouses Residency Relief Act

Moving from place to place requires a lot of effort and changes. Two laws make it easier for military spouses regarding their residency, voting and state taxes.

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Understanding Mediation

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.

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Citizenship and Immigration – The Essentials

Military OneSource is your guide for resources to assist with matters such as immigration, citizenship, and naturalization, as well as language interpretation and document translations.

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Estate Planning

Estate planning ensures that you have your affairs in order for your loved ones in the event of your death and makes sure they are cared for according to your wishes.

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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.

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.

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How Do I Report a Crime on the Installation?

If the crime occurred on a military installation or military personnel were involved, report the crime to the nearest military police agency or through an investigative office.

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Understanding Inheritance Issues

Inheriting money or property can be complex. Be prepared by understanding the basics and learning where you can get help.

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Filing State Income Taxes in the Military

Active-duty service members and spouses receive certain residency protections for taxes and voting under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. There are slight differences for military spouses.

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Your Vote Always Counts, So Be a Responsible Voter

It’s your civic duty as an American to vote, and it is a precious American right. Remember that your vote always counts – not just in close elections, but in every election. And you don’t have to be an expert on the issues to cast a vote. With the proper research, you can vote confidently this election season.

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Your Military Service Offers a Faster Track to U.S. Citizenship

Every year, thousands of foreign-born service members and their family members become U.S. naturalized citizens. Learn more about steps to become a U.S. citizen and how you can use your military service to speed up the process and save money for processing fees.