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Posted 8/22/2012 Printable Fact Sheet

The MacDill legal office is located at building 299 at 8208 Hangar Loop Drive, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. 33621. The phone number is 813-828-4422

Legal Services
One of the primary responsibilities of the SJA is to provide legal advice to commanders regarding military justice implemented under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). The office also helps military members, retirees, and their family members with personal civil legal problems.

Eligibility for Services

Legal assistance is available to active duty personnel (including National Guard and Reservists on Title 10 status), their dependents, and retired military personnel, regardless of service branch or unit of assignment. Attorney-client confidentiality is strictly observed.

Types of Services
The legal office can provide assistance with:
  • Power of Attorney
  • Notary Service
  • Basic Will
  • Living Will
  • Referrals for other legal matters
  • Information on other legal matters (bankruptcy, soldiers/sailors relief act., etc.)
All Household Goods Claims are now processed through the AF Claims Service Center (CSC). To process a claim, please follow the following steps:
  • File a 1840/1840R (Pink Form) with the Base Legal Office, Claims Division, Bldg 219, within 70 days from date of delivery.
  • File a completed HHG claim within 2 years from date of delivery (from a Government computer) via the Internet . For access on a non-Government computer, call 1-877-754-1212.

Instructions and paperwork are available online.

Claims paperwork is available at the Base Legal Office and you can mail your completed paperwork to CSC.If you have any questions, you may call the CSC Helpdesk at DSN 312-986-8044 or 1-877-754-1212.

Legal Services Not Available

An Air Force legal assistance attorney cannot represent members in court, or in an administrative hearing. Legal assistance attorneys cannot offer legal advice on criminal issues, official Air Force matters (Such as promotions, assignments, or administrative actions), or matters involving your personal business (Except Servicemember's Relief Act issues). In these case, or in other cases requiring specialized knowledge of particular areas of the law, the Legal Office may recommend consultation with a civilian attorney.

Legal assistance is available for families residing in the Brandon community at the MacDill Family Resource Center Brandon that includes, but is not limited to, issues on separation/divorce, custody/guardianship, drafting of wills, Powers of Attorney, landlord/tenant disputes, notaries, and general non-commercial consumer law. Appointments are necessary.

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