PREVENTIVE LAW SERIES
Learn about legal assistance topics that commonly affect military members such as consumer affairs, family law, wills, or powers of attorney. The information provided is for educational and general information purposes only. It is not legal advice. Speak with a licensed attorney before relying on the information contained within the website to make a decision or take any action. Use the Legal Services Locator to find your nearest military legal office within the continental United States.
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What You Should Know About the Navy’s Fraterniza...

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Sep. 08, 2021

In November 2020, the Navy published an update to its Fraternization Policy. The new instruction, OPNAVINST...
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For the month of March 2017, three Airmen were discharged while several other Airmen received Article 15 nonjudicial punishments for their actions. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman Kylee Thomas)

Navigating Post-NJP Actions

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Jul. 01, 2021

Navigating post-nonjudicial punishment (NJP) actions is understandably confusing. It is important to handle...
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Communication is Key to Supporting Victims

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Jun. 03, 2021

A majority of sexual assault victims report feeling a lack of support from their leadership, and almost...
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Capt. Michael Garcia, 375th Air Mobility Wing judge advocate, fills out a damage to personal property claim form for a government employee on Scott Air Force Base April 22, 2013, following severe weather which caused flooding in many areas on base. Due to the massive flooding on base the legal office was able to have the area declared as an "unusual event" allowing people to file claims with the Air Force Claims Service Center.(U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane)

Military Claims Act—What is it and how does it ...

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May. 20, 2021

What is the Military Claims Act (MCA)? The MCA is a mechanism to administratively settle and pay claims...
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Tricare Prime beneficiaries referred by their primary care manager for specialty services at a location more than 100 miles from their provider's office may be eligible to have their travel expenses reimbursed by Tricare at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Beneficiaries must have a valid referral and travel orders prior to traveling and file an official claim upon their return. (U.S. Air Force illustration/Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal)

Fighting Fraud And Bad Deals: Consumer and Finan...

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May. 03, 2021

Service members, military retirees, and their families are sadly not immune from consumer and financial fraud...
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Tax Season: What You Need to Know

Tax Season 2021: What You Need to Know

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Mar. 11, 2021

The Internal Revenue Service began accepting and processing tax year 2020 federal returns on Feb. 12, 2021.
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Cutting the Cord & Contracts Abroad

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Mar. 03, 2021

Forgot to cancel a cell, internet, or TV contract before moving overseas?
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Bring Your...Pet to Work: Are Fido Fridays Legal?

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Feb. 20, 2021

Friday rolls around and the guilt of daily doggy daycare is weighing on you — can you bring Rover to work if...
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In 2011, the Texas Legislature expanded Chapter 8 of the Texas Family Code by increasing the amount of post-divorce support that a spouse may be entitled to receive from the other spouse and extending the length of time that he or she may receive that support. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Dorothy Lonas/Released)

Divorcing in the U.S. While Overseas

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Feb. 02, 2021

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a Uniform Code of Divorce Law? Like the Uniform Code of Military Justice?...
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Are You Prepared to Deploy/PCS? A Legal Readine...

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Jan. 20, 2021

A critical part of deployment readiness is being ready-to-go at a moment’s notice, and that includes being...
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Base housing tenant’s rights are governed under District of Columbia and the Servicemebers Civil Relief Act. Individuals should know these rights when dealing with housing issues, including possible eviction. The most common reason for eviction from base housing is failure to pay rent. For more information on tenant rights or to schedule a legal assistance appointment, call the Bolling office at (202) 767-5297. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dan DeCook)

​Storage Lien Enforcement & Eviction Protections

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Dec. 01, 2020

The Service Members Civil Relief Act (SCRA) is a must-know federal law providing legal protections and...
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Marriage in Japan — Misconception and Actuality

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Jul. 01, 2019

Servicemembers often come to the Legal Assistance Office seeking advice in getting married in Japan. They...
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VITA Connects Service Members to Tax Support

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Feb. 05, 2019

The 2019 tax season is underway, and, once again, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is open...
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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Tax season is here, and it is important to file your claims correctly with the right information. The tax center is here to help; its hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Soo C. Kim)

Tax Season: What You Need to Know

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Jan. 28, 2019

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Free-File Options
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You’re a Mean One, Mr. Ethics Counselor —Holiday...

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Nov. 14, 2018

‘Tis the season to consult your Ethics Counselor! Below are some issues that come up annually during the...
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Navy’s 2018 VITA Program is Open for Business

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Jan. 23, 2018

Valid identification for taxpayer/s...
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The Hill Air Force Base Tax Center, located at building 349, room 101, will open Feb. 13 and will remain open until tax day, April 15.

Income Tax Frequently Asked Questions

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Jan. 23, 2018

When does tax season start and end? Persons residing within the United States: The tax season begins Jan. 29...
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Airman 1st Class Adande Andrade, 51st Fighter Wing Judge Advocate's general law paralegal, notarizes a document for a client at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 11, 2012. The legal office acts as the main adviser to senior leadership on disciplinary actions, fundraisers, base events or any topics that need a legal review before decisions are made. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michael Battles)

Special Power of Attorney

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Nov. 17, 2016

Sailor readiness has always been a top priority for commands throughout the fleet. When gearing up for...
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Navy Releases New Online Legal Assistance Resources

Navy Releases New Online Legal Assistance Resour...

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Jul. 28, 2016

The Naval Legal Service Command recently unveiled new online legal resources for those eligible for military...
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Avoiding Political Pitfalls This Election Season

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Apr. 01, 2016

It’s election season. So, what does that mean for you as an active-duty service member? One of our most...
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Preston, 30th Space Wing courthouse facility dog, waits for court to begin at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Dec. 4, 2019. Preston is the only certified courthouse facility dog in the entire Department of Defense; some of Preston’s duties include providing support to victims and witnesses while working at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office at Vandenberg AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aubree Milks)

Lending a helping paw to the legal community

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Mar. 30, 2016

The Region Legal Service Office Northwest (RLSO NW), located in Bremerton, Wash., has pioneered a program...
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Staying Out of Trouble During March Madness

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Mar. 11, 2016

Mid-March generally brings to mind warmer temperatures, longer days, and perhaps a little luck o’ the Irish...
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Supporting RLSO Japan’s Legal Assistance Mission...

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Jun. 16, 2015

When I approached the end of my obligated service on active duty, I knew I wanted to stay reserves. The...
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A federal notary seal signifies official completion of a will Oct. 8, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The judge advocate office regularly aids retirees and military members with wills on Tuesdays. This free legal assistance provides personal and financial relief for customers and enables Airman readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erick Requadt)

Power of attorney: Which one do I need?

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Apr. 28, 2015

After nearly a decade and a half of war, service members and their spouses are likely familiar with general...
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Legal Services for Crime Victims

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Feb. 25, 2015

Navy Victims' Legal Counsel (VLC) provide eligible victims of a military sexual offenses with a dedicated...
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Tax Season: What You Need to Know

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Feb. 24, 2015

When does tax season start and end? The tax season began January 20th and ends April 15th for people in the...
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Five Things You Need to Know about Retaliation

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Feb. 18, 2015

Retaliation is harmful action against someone for something they did or said. It includes ostracism and is...
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A Focus on Legal Representation Outside the Cour...

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Jul. 24, 2012

Although providing courts-martial representation is commonly seen as the primary role of legal defense...
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Autocross cars line up before a race, Aug. 17, 2019, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. The Mississippi Region of the Sport Cars Club of America holds the event on base once a quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jake Jacobsen)

Spot Delivery Car Sales

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Feb. 28, 2012

This article is not a substitute for individual legal advice and readers are advised that they should consult...
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Did You Know?
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) is intended to postpone or suspend certain civil obligations to enable service members to devote full attention to duty. The act does not apply to criminal matters. Reservists and members of the National Guard are also protected under the SCRA while on active duty. The protections generally begin on the date of entering active duty and terminate within 30 to 90 days after the date of discharge from active duty. 
Wills
A will is a written document that allows you to determine how certain assets and property will be distributed upon your death. It also allows you to determine who will be responsible for distributing your property and paying your debts after your death.
Power of Attorney 
A General Power of Attorney, while sometimes helpful, can also be dangerous. It gives someone else the legal authority to do almost anything that you could do. A Special Power of Attorney is more limited and gives someone else the legal authority to perform specific tasks on your behalf.
Family Care Plan
Family Care Plans (FCPs) are the cornerstone for readiness for members of the Armed Forces who have dependents. A FCP is a "blueprint" that shows your command how your family will be cared for in your absence — whether you are deployed, on temporary duty, or otherwise unavailable because of military obligations. 
Family Support
You have a duty to support your dependents. The Navy is authorized to take action, including recoupment, courts-martial proceedings and dismissal, for failure to provide adequate and continuous support.