Office of the Staff Judge Advocate

The Judge Advocate General's Corps673 ABW/JA Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson

The information provided here is designed to acquaint you with available legal assistance services. If you have a legal problem, or a potential legal problem, don't hesitate to see your legal assistance officer. Please see below to find out who is eligible for legal assistance, what kind of help is available and where you can go for assistance.

Who is eligible for legal assistance?

- Active duty military members.
- Reservists and National Guard members on active duty or recently demobilized.
- Reservists and National Guard members not on active duty, for mobilization and deployment-related issues.
- Officers of the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service.
- Dependents entitled to an ID card.
- Civilian employees who are deploying.
- Retired military members and their dependents entitled to an ID card.

What kind of help can I get?

- Legal assistance attorneys can answer questions about the law, can help explain legal documents, and can draft wills and powers of attorney.

- Attorneys cannot provide advice related to home-based businesses, military or civilian criminal matters, or disputes between the client and the US Air Force.

- Attorneys cannot draft legal documents, other than wills and powers of attorney, or represent clients in court.

Where can I go to get help?

- A good place to start is the Air Force Legal Assistance web page:, which has information on many common legal assistance issues. It also has worksheets you can fill out online, before going in person to get your will or power of attorney. Filling out a worksheet in advance can make your office visit go more quickly.

- If you are filling out a will worksheet, please note your ticket number and call 552-3048 to give the legal clerk your will ticket number.  Failure to do so prevents your documents from being drafted prior to your appointment time and could prolong your visit.

- If you are filling out a power of attorney worksheet, make note of your ticket number and bring that with you when you come in for your power of attorney.

- You can make an appointment to meet with an attorney in either the 673 ABW Legal Office (located in the People Center - tel. 552-3046) or the Richardson Legal Assistance Office (located in Building #600 - tel. 384-0371). Walk-in services are available in Building 600 on Wednesdays from 0830-1200 and 1300-1630.

- For notary and power of attorney services, you can come to the 673 ABW Legal Office (located in the People Center) Monday through Friday from 0830-1630; or to the Richardson Legal Assistance Office (Building #600) Monday-Friday from 0830-1200 and 1300-1630. Closed on the third Thursday of the month from 1200-1630.