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 Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center does not provide legal services to active-duty or retired military members. This installation is primarily a civilian workforce. There are very few military members assigned at this location. There are many reserve units of different origins in the local area that service active-duty members, retirees, the National Guard and reserve personnel, and family members who are in possession of a uniformed services military identification card. Assistance may possibly be obtained on a drill weekend when they have legal personnel available on-site.
Legal assistance is available for military:
Reserve units in the area do provide legal assistance to active-duty members, but on a limited basis (counseling, negotiations, wills, powers of attorney and notary services). Arrangements must be made well in advance for this assistance. The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs offers legal assistance in Lansing.
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the closest installation to provide full-service legal assistance for military members. The WPAFP website lists their services and instructions for each service.
Air Force attorneys and paralegals can assist eligible Military personnel with wills, powers of attorney, notary service, or advice on personal civil legal matters such as adoption, landlord-tenant issues, tax assistance and consumer law questions. Legal assistance officers are licensed attorneys who are assigned by the Air Force to advise and counsel members on personal legal problems. The Legal Assistance Program offers counseling on personal civil matters.
Legal assistance officers cannot represent clients in court nor can they advise persons who have hired a civilian attorney on the same subject matter. They cannot give advice about criminal matters or Uniform Code of Military Justice-related offenses. Active-duty members with these issues should contact the area Defense Legal Office at 937-257-6142. The Defense Legal Office can also assist Active-duty members, National Guard, Reservist, and Retirees (receiving retirement benefits) with PAO and wills. Nor can they assist someone to avoid paying a debt or advise someone regarding private commercial business and other outside employment. They are also prohibited from preparing personal legal documents on behalf of those eligible, except for wills, powers of attorney and affidavits.
Legal assistance for Department of Defense civilian employees that are deploying can get assistance with Wills/PAO through Ft. Custer Air Guard at 269-969-3232.
DLA-Civilian Employees: Handling legal issues can be stressful but help is available. The Defense Logistics Agency’s Employee Assistance Program, a DLA employee benefit, offers counseling, education and referrals to help you better understand complex financial and legal matters.
Contact DLA Life Connections for information on:
The DLA’s EAP legal assistance benefit provides free legal consultations one hour free and reduced rate (amount varies, check law office individually for pricing). Call EAP at 866-580-9046 or go online to Magellan Ascend. A specialist is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Civilian employees should check the State Bar of Michigan website or https://michiganlegalhelp.org