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Legal Assistance

Mission
The Legal Assistance Office with the Legal Services Support Team 29 Palms is tasked with providing free attorney and paralegal assistance to uniformed service members, their dependents, retirees, and other eligible clients regarding personal civil legal matters (dependents are those persons identified in the sponsor's service record and/or who possess a valid United States Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card). Legal Assistance attorneys are available to assist eligible clients with a variety of legal issues, to include wills, powers of attorney, notaries, and other matters listed below. See below for more information regarding your particular situation or contact our office at (760) 830-6111.

Legal questions will not be answered over the phone or at the front desk. Legal clerks are not authorized to give legal advice. To have your legal questions answered you must meet with our attorney. There are no exceptions.

Legal Services available for
Family Law Issues
Step-Parent Adoption and Guardianship
Child Support and Custody
Uncontested Divorce
Consumer Law Issues
Immigration (Citizenship)
Landlord/Tenant Disputes
Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act

If you are in need of legal assistance with matters such as NJP, courts-martial, 6105, etc., contact the Defense Services Organization

Legal Services does not handle
Annulment
DUI
Bankruptcy
Employment
Criminal Matters
Trusts
Contested Divorces
NJP
Disputes
Will Contest
Probate
Civilian Restraining Orders/Military Protective Orders (MPO)
Matters against the Armed Forces or Government Entities

Scheduling an Appointment

Appointments are not made over the phone. Appointments will only be made after walk-in hours are attended.
The Legal Assistance Office is located at Building 1514 on board Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (between the Fire Department, Pacific Marine Credit Union, the Base Theater, next to the Main Exchange). Normal business hours are Monday through Friday 0800 - 1600.  Our new client walk in hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 0800 – 1100 and Wednesdays 1300 – 1600. New clients must attend walk in hours first before scheduling further appointments. Our walk in hours are on a first come first serve basis and we may reach our threshold for clients for that day. Our telephone number is (760) 830-6111.

Please bring all relevant paperwork and refrain from bringing children to your appointment.

Power of Attorney
**Note: Do not sign any document you need notarized until you are in the presence of a notary**

The following Power of Attorney paperwork can be picked up during normal office hours.

  • Special Power of Attorney: Recommended - Grants another person the right to perform acts you choose in your name.
  • General Power of Attorney: Grants another person the right to perform all acts in your name.
  • Special Power of Attorney for Children: Allows other caregivers to act in your place while taking care of your children.
  • Special Power of Attorney Vehicle: Used to let another person use and take care of your vehicle.

Notary Public Hours: Monday - Friday 0800-1600

The signer must appear in front of the notary public or the requestor must present the original Power of Attorney. This office cannot certify a true copy without viewing the original. Also, this office cannot certify true public registered or court documents (i.e. birth certificates, court orders, etc.).

Please ensure that your out-of-state documents do not require a state specific notary.

Wills
The Legal Assistance Office can assist in preparing a basic will and related documents such as healthcare directives and durable financial powers of attorney.

To assist you in preparing your will, you must come into our office to complete a questionnaire. Once you have completed the questionnaire the office will begin preparing your will. Normal turn around time for wills is no more than 10 business days.

Upon completion and review of your will we will contact you to set an appointment for the will execution.

Divorce
The Legal Assistance office does not handle contested divorces. An uncontested divorce means both spouses agree on all issues pertaining to the divorce, which includes:

  • Division of all property and debts
  • Spousal support
  • Retirement benefits
  • Child custody
  • Child visitation
  • Child support.

In order to assist you with a divorce, both spouses you must attend a mandatory dissolution brief which takes place every Wednesday at 0800 in the office, located in Building 1514. The brief is first come first served; there are no exceptions after 0815. Attendance at the brief is mandatory in order to receive any services related to divorce.

To file for divorce, at least one spouse must meet the following residency requirements:

  • Residency in the county for three months
  • Residency in the state for six months
  • If the couple has children, they must reside in California

Mediation
If, after attending the dissolution brief, you and your spouse decide to attend mediation you can make an appointment for mediation at our office. In order to schedule mediation, you must attend the dissolution brief and subsequently file a petition with the court.  Bring all documents concerning your dissolution, including but not limited to: court paperwork, your current Leave and Earning Statement and /or pay stubs, bank account information, credit card information, and vehicle information.

Taxes
The Legal Assistance Office provides income tax preparation and electronic filing services as part of its income tax assistance program. Preparers have been certified by the IRS for income tax preparation and all returns have multiple levels of review before submission. More information is available at the Tax Center's web page.

RESOURCES

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Officer in Charge
(760) 830-6784

Legal Admin Officer
(760) 830-5258

Legal Services Chief
(760) 830-5665

Administrative Law
(760) 830-5249
FAX (760) 830-5978

Trial Services Office
(760) 830-6782
FAX (760) 830-3930

Defense Services Organization
(760) 830-5271

Legal Assistance
(760) 830-6111
FAX (760) 830-5978

Tax Center
(760) 830-4829