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Defense Logistics Agency
74 Washington Avenue North
Battle Creek, MI 49037
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 assigned at this location. There are many reserve units of different origins in the local area that service the active duty members, retirees, the National Guard and Reserve personnel, and family members who are in possession of a Uniformed Services Military Identification Card.
Legal Assistance for Military
Reserve units in the area do provide legal assistance to the active duty members, but on a limited basis (counseling, negotiations, wills, power of attorney, and notary services). Availability of military legal assistance is usually on the reserve units' training weekends, one weekend a month (dates vary from month to month). Arrangements must be made well in advance for this assistance. The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs at www.michigan.gov/dmva/ offer legal assistance in Lansing.
Wright Patterson AFB, OH is the closest installation that provides 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 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 for 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 advise about criminal matters, or UCMJ related offenses, (active duty members with these issues should contact the Area Defense Counsel Office, at 937-257-6142) 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 DoD Civilian Employees
Handling legal issues can be stressful but help is available. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Life Connections, a free DLA employee benefit, provides counseling, education and referrals to help you better understand complex financial and legal matters.
Contact DLA Life Connections for information on:
DLA Life Connections can also refer you to your Employee Assistance Program's (EAP) legal assistance benefit which provides free legal consultations (one hour and reduced rate). Access EAP by calling 800-222-0364, or TTY call 888-262-7848. A specialist is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Civilian employees should check the State Bar of Michigan website.