OFFICE OF THE STAFF JUDGE ADVOCATE
Legal Assistance Office
OFFICE OF THE STAFF JUDGE ADVOCATE
1537 HARDEE AVE SW
FORT MCPHERSON, GEORGIA 30330-1056
Legal Assistance – comm. (404) 464-2626
Fax DSN 367-3550
Legal Assistance At the Legal Assistance Office you may obtain advice
and assistance on personal legal matters, which are
primarily civil in nature.
Location The Fort McPherson Legal Office is located in
Building 41 (north of the main gate on Hardee Ave.).
Duty Hours The Legal Assistance Office is open on duty days,
Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. until 4:15
p.m. It is closed for training every Wednesday
afternoon at 11:30 a.m.
Walk-In Service l. Notary Services and Powers of Attorney are
available daily during duty hours on a walk-in basis.
2. Walk-in legal advice is provided each Wednesday
morning from 0830 until 1100 with priority for active
duty in uniform until 1000 hours.
3. Wills are executed every Monday on a walk-in
basis between 1 and 2 p.m. The will worksheet is
attached. If your appointment is for more than one
person, please have one filled out (hand written) by
each person prior to their 1st appointment. At that
appointment, our office will schedule your return
appointment for the will execution/signing for a
Monday afternoon. Both parties must be present for
Tax Services During tax season, the legal assistance office operates
a tax center in Building 400, to assist clients with the
preparation and filing of federal and state income
taxes. Electronic filing and direct deposit of refunds is
also available. Additionally, we distribute both state
and federal tax forms.
Legal Services Our legal assistance office provides a variety of legal
Available services for our soldiers, retirees, and their family
members. We provide advice and prepare pro se
petitions in divorce cases, separation agreements,
legitimations, name changes, probate petitions, and
custody cases. We also prepare wills, provide estate-
planning advice, and prepare quitclaim deeds.
Additionally, we offer assistance in non-support
cases. Other common areas of assistance include
credit/debt problems, consumer issues, landlord-
tenant problems, and real estate transactions.
Persons Entitled to Legal assistance is available to members of
Legal Assistance the Armed Forces of the United States and their
family members, retired military personnel and their
family members, and survivors of members of the
Armed Forces who would be eligible if the service
member was alive. Reserve Component personnel on
active duty for twenty-nine days or more are also
entitled to legal assistance.
Staffing The Legal Assistance Office is staffed during duty
hours with qualified attorneys who are members of
The Judge Advocate General’s Corps or civilian
employees. When you consult with a Legal Assistance
Attorney, he or she can interview, investigate, advise,
and assist you on personal legal matters. Presently,
Legal Assistance Attorneys are not authorized to
appear with you as your attorney of record in any
court. However, as your legal advisor, your attorney
will keep confidential any matters that you disclose to
him or her in connection with your legal problems.
Tips concerning An attorney cannot provide competent legal advice
Legal Assistance unless he knows all of the facts regarding your
problem. For this reason, you should bring all
relevant documents to your appointment, and you
should be ready to discuss your legal problem in
detail. If you forget to bring relevant documents, a
follow-up appointment may be necessary. Please note
that we are prohibited by regulation from providing
legal advice by telephone.
Service of a Before seeing a Notary Public, the following matters
Notary Public should be considered:
- A Notary Public is subject to severe legal penalties
for improper performance of notary services.
Consequently, do not be surprised that the Notary
will pay close attention to such “details” as your
identification and the nature of your signature.
- DO NOT sign or make any changes to any
documents that you desire to have notarized until
you are in the presence of the Notary.
- Documents CANNOT be notarized unless the
individual whose signature is to be notarized
appears in person before the Notary.
- A Notary Public cannot make certified copies of
birth certificate, death certificate, and marriage
license. Certified copies of documents must be
procured from the office (normally the county/city
clerk’s office) that issued the original document.
- DO NOT ask a Notary Public to notarize a blank
form. All blanks should be completely filled in
when you sign any document.
If you have any questions concerning these matters, please contact the Chief,
Legal Assistance at 404-464-2068.