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390, Suite 101, Double Eagle Avenue
Fort Buchanan Puerto Rico 00934
Contact information for key programs and services at this installation.
Legal assistance is available to you and your family. Below, you’ll find information about claims and installation specific programs and services. If you have questions, reach out to the legal assistance program at your installation.
The mission of the Installation Legal office (ILO) in Fort Buchanan, is to assist eligible clients in managing their personal legal affairs in a timely and professional manner. The most common issues dealt with are listed below.
Legal Assistance is available to Service members of the Armed Forces of the United States (Active, Guard, Reserve, Retirees) and eligible family members. A detailed list is found at AR 27-3, para 2-4. A person seeking legal assistance will provide proof of eligibility prior to receiving legal assistance by way of a valid military identification card.
Notarizations at our ILO operate under the auspices of 10 U.S.C. § 1044, and not Puerto Rico law. Accordingly, none of the formalities required under PR law apply to the notarial work we carry out. The validity of our notarizations (but not the content of the document notarized) must be accepted in any jurisdiction under the American flag. Contrary to PR notaries, ILO DOES NOT retain either originals or copies of the documents notarized.
A Notary Public is subject to severe legal penalties for the improper performance of their duties. Consequently, do not be surprised if our notaries pay close attention to details such as your identification and your signature.
*DO NOT sign any papers which 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.
Power of Attorney (POA)
POAs are documents through which you authorize somebody else to execute documents and transactions on your behalf. The person to whom you delegate any such authority is referred to as your attorney-in-fact. A POA becomes null upon its expiration; revocation; or your death. Unless otherwise warranted or requested, POAs prepared at ILO will expire one-year after their execution. At ILO we have various templates, but you should add any language deemed necessary to carry out your intended purposes and remove any content with which you feel uncomfortable. A POA can be rejected if it lacks the wording deemed necessary by the recipient. Frequently requested POAs are:
It is not uncommon for someone to request from you a certification (also referred to as county-clerk slip or apostille) to accept the validity of a military notarization. Such a requirement applies only to civilian notarizations. Notarial acts executed under the authority of 10 U.S.C. §1044 are exempt from any such formalities in any jurisdiction under the United States flag.
Consultations with attorneys are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Legal Assistance attorneys are not ordinarily authorized to represent you in any court. Consultations are often carried out by phone.
Duty Hours - Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm; and Fridays from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Our office is located at Building 390 Double Eagle Avenue, Suite 101.
For information or appointments, please call: 787 707-5155. Walk-in is available for most notarial services on a first come, first serve basis.