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Capt. Jerome Kearns, 45th Space Wing Judge Advocate chief of administrative law, prepares a will for a U.S. Air Force Reserve officer. JA has made significant improvements in its Legal Assistance and other programs available to the Patrick community.
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Judge Advocate upgrades Legal Assistance programs

Posted 4/1/2011   Updated 4/1/2011 Email story   Print story

    


by Eric Brian
45th Space Wing Public Affairs


4/1/2011 - PATRICK AFB, Fla. --      The 45th Space Wing Staff Judge Advocate made a number of recent improvements to Legal Assistance programs for qualified members of the Patrick Air Force Base military community.
     Legal Assistance updates and improvements include, but are not limited to:
          · Kiosks in the Legal Office waiting area;
          · Increased number and availability of legal assistance appointments;
          · AF Legal Assistance website, https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil.
     JA is also in the process of implementing a Patrick Legal Assistance website with Florida specific information and a link to the AF website.
     "We want to make everything as easy as possible for our clients," said Staff Sgt. Hector Rodriquez, Non-commissioned Officer in Charge of Civil Law. "We will continue to make more improvements and provide quality legal assistance."
     Legal Assistance is available for those who qualify , including all Department of Defense service members : Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard; retirees; and their dependents. Location is PAFB Building 562, phone 494-7357.
     The Legal Assistance office, part of JA's Civil Law, offers regular services including:
          · Walk-in Powers of Attorney (POA)/Notary: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
          · Legal Assistance by appointment Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
          · Deployers and emergencies are handled by appointment as needed.
     JA also offers free Tax Assistance for those eligible, through a long-standing program. Trained, experienced volunteers assist with tax return preparation and other tax needs.
     The volunteer-run tax program, in full swing for 2011, includes 24 IRS-trained volunteers, with attorney and paralegal oversight. The tax program has a separate operating location - the Shark Center, in South Housing. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and assist with taxes by appointment only. For more information or to set up an appointment, call 494-4718.
     The Legal Assistance and Tax Assistance programs have saved the military community from the normal costs associated with these services. In 2010, Legal Assistance clients saved $622,475 and tax customers saved $242,496. These services provided by the Legal Office are just another example of the many Quality of Life benefits that military members and their families enjoy.



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