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Legal Assistance

 

DUE TO THE OUTBREAK OF CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19), OUR OFFICE IS IMPLEMENTING NEW PROCEDURES EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:

FACE COVERINGS. The Commanding General, MCIEAST-MCB Camp Lejeune, has directed that, effective 10 April 2020, all individuals aboard MCIEAST installations will carry a face covering when entering any base activity and will wear it during occasions where at least six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained.  Examples of appropriate face covering include, scarves, neck gaiters, and non-medical masks. The Legal Assistance office and its clients and visitors will comply with this Directive.  Your compliance is greatly appreciated.   

  

POLICY CONCERNING LARGE GROUPS AND LEGAL PRESENTATIONS. Briefs to groups of ten persons or more are suspended until further notice.  We continue to provide Separation/Divorce and Wills/POAs Briefs at our Camp Lejeune location to the first ten persons present.  Priority for Brief attendance is given to Active Duty members of the Armed Forces.

  

PRE-DEPLOYMENT BRIEFS.  Our office has prepared a Pre-Deployment Brief for your remote use.  Please call our office to receive instructions on how we may assist you in obtaining and delivering that Brief to your deploying units, as well as how we may assist you in preparing Wills and Powers of Attorney for your deploying units

 

Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation during this time as we strive to keep both our employees and our clients safe and healthy.

 

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The Legal Assistance Office (LAO) is staffed with judge advocates, Federal civilian counsel, and support personnel.

LAO provides a wide range of legal assistance services concerning civil legal matters to eligible personnel (active duty military personnel, retirees, and their respective dependents) in accordance with the Manual of the Judge Advocate General of the Navy and supplemental implementing regulations of the Navy and Marine Corps.

The LAO Officer in Charge maintains liaison with relevant North Carolina agencies, such as the North Carolina State Bar Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel, the North Carolina Department of Insurance, and the Consumer Protection Division of the North Carolina Attorney General.

LAO also provides notary public services and assistance concerning immigration and naturalization. Services available from the LAO are provided as resources and generally include assistance with the following: pre-deployment legal preparedness, estate planning, family law, consumer protection, debtor-creditor problems, and landlord-tenant problems.

Through various means, LAO provides information to the public with a view towards consumer education and prevention of victimization. LAO prepares cases alleging a pattern or practice of harmful business for review and appropriate action by the Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board

The LAO OIC oversees the operation of the Tax Center, which provides tax return preparation and electronic filing services free of charge to eligible clients.

Please call (910) 451 – 1903/7085 if you require additional information regarding our hours of operation.