For service members with access to secure e-mail, please use remote legal services as this is the preferred method to request legal services from our office. If you do NOT have access to secure e-mail please continue to call the office at (252) 466-2361 or (252) 466-6841 and schedule an appointment.
Remote legal assistance is offered in the following areas of law:
- foreclosure advice and counseling
- consumer finance issues; demobilization (to include USERRA)
- dependent support to include service support obligations
- deployment assistance
- disaster relief support and advice
- family law advice
- military rights under the SCRA
- servicemember naturalization
- powers of attorney
- preventative law
- simple estate planning
For remote legal assistance, please send an ENCRYPTED email from your .mil account to CHPT.LSST.Legal.Assistance.OMB@usmc.mil with the following information:
- For subject line, please put: RLA REQUEST
- In body of email:
- State your full name, the full name of your spouse or opposing party, your EDIP, and your phone number; and
- A brief summary of the nature of your request for legal assistance.
We will respond to your request via email or telephone between the hours of 0730 to 1600.
- By Appointment only.
- Those seeking to speak with an attorney must schedule an appointment either in person or over the phone. The office will conduct a conflict check both prior to scheduling the appointment and when you check-in. If a conflict is discovered at any time, this office cannot provide legal services.
- Please arrive at least five minutes prior to your appointment to allow for a conflict check.
- If you are more than ten (10) minutes late for your appointment, you will have to reschedule.
|Family Law Brief occur on Wednesday Mornings at 0830.
- Attendees must be checked in no later than 0825. Those seeking a divorce are strongly encouraged to attend this comprehensive informational session to understand the process of obtaining a divorce.
|Will and Estate planning:
- Worksheet pickup (Room 114) and drop off (Room 106): Monday – Friday 0730-1200.
- Will signings/execution are by appointment only: Monday – Thursday 1300-1400.
|Power of Attorney services (Room 114):
- Monday – Thursday 0800-1030 and 1200-1500; Friday 0730-1200; if these times do not work, please call (252-466-2311) to schedule an appointment.
|State Notary Services (Rooms 114 & 107):
- Monday –Thursday 0700-1030 and 1200-1500; Friday 0730-1200; if these times do not work, please call (252-466-2311) to schedule an appointment.
Legal Assistance can help with:
- Landlord/Tenant disputes: Military termination, security deposits, preparing for small claims court
- Consumer issues: To include: Contract disputes, Auto loan disputes, credit card disputes, problems with credit checks.
- Estate planning: Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Advance Directives
- Family law: Separation, uncontested divorce, child support and child custody, step-parent adoptions, non-support
- Tax Issues: Issues ranging from: filing, audits, to withholdings. From January to April the office operates a free VITA-certified tax center, servicemembers in all grades, but especially of E-1 – E-5, are encouraged to utilize this service.
Legal Assistance cannot:
- Help with criminal matters (military or civilian)
- Assist regarding tickets on base
- Appear in court or any administrative board for you
- Help with claims against the government
- Act as a mediator or work with both sides
About Legal Assistance
The Legal Assistance Office is staffed by Marine Judge Advocates, who are licensed and fully-accredited attorneys and Marine officers. Legal Assistance is a professional environment. Clients seeking assistance must dress in appropriate civilian attire in compliance with AirStaO 1020.3E. Clients are expected show the same professionalism, respect and courtesy to the staff of Legal Assistance that they would show to a paid attorney.
Our first priority is mission readiness for operational units, especially deploying units. Other services may be limited or suspended for deployment briefs. Predeployment services are also available for reservists in pre-mobilization status. Individualized legal assistance services are available on a limited basis according to the following priority:
||1. Legal Assistance is intended primarily for active duty personnel
2. Dependents of active duty personnel as resources permit
3. Reserve personnel on active duty for more than 30 days as resources permit
4. Dependents of activated reserve personnel as resources permit
5. Retired personnel and spouses as resources permit
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act:
• The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act is a federal law which allows servicemembers to:
• Lower pre-service interest to 6%
• Stay civil court proceedings 90 days
• Terminate leases early if PCS or deployment for 90 days or more
• Terminate cell phone contracts and retain phone number if deploying for 90 days or more
• If you have any questions regarding your rights under the SCRA, please come to
the Legal Assistance Office
• Generally, a will is not necessary if you:
• Don't want a will
• Are married with no children
• Are single and are giving everything to your parents
• Own no real property
• Do not intend to disinherit someone
• Have no special bequests
• Generally, a will is necessary if you:
• Are married with children
• Are unmarried with children
• Own real property
• Intend to disinherit someone
• Have special bequests
• If you want a will, please come by the Legal Assistance Office and retrieve a will worksheet.
• Advance Directives and Health Care Powers of Attorney allow you to state your wishes for medical treatment in the event that you are incapacitated, and authorize an agent to make those decisions for you. If you are interested in getting an Advance Directive and Health Care Power of Attorney, you can receive one from the Legal Assistance Office.
• For legal resources and preventative law information please see the excellent resources provided at Camp Lejeune's website