Legal Services Support Team Parris Island houses all legal activities for Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and the Eastern Recruiting Region. It also provides military justice, defense and legal assistance functions to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. The different sections provide a variety of legal services to the commands, service members and, in some cases, family members and retirees.
The officer-in-charge of Legal Services Support Team Parris Island is responsible for the provision of direct support legal services to MCRD/ERR Parris Island, S.C.; MCAS Beaufort, S.C.; MCLB Albany, Ga.; MCSF Blount Island, Fla.; and general support to all other commands that Legal Services Support Section - East, Marine Corps Installations-East, supports. The Legal Services Support Team and its respective departments are located at 27 Atsugi Street, Building 400, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island (between the commissary and the fire station).
The military justice and defense sections represent the interests of the government and individual defendants, respectively, in criminal matters. The defense section also offers counseling for service members concerning nonjudicial punishments, administrative separations and Article 31(b) rights.
The legal assistance section provides free professional legal help to active-duty service members, retirees, their family members, victims of crimes and certain survivors of deceased members of the armed forces in areas including wills and estate planning, family law (marital separation, uncontested adoptions, uncontested child custody, uncontested name changes), consumer protection (consumer contracts, credit report issues, debt, and small claims court), immigration and naturalization, landlord/tenant law, and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. The legal assistance section also provides pre-deployment briefings to deploying units. Powers of attorney and notary services are also available.
The special assistant United States attorney is responsible for prosecution of crimes, traffic tickets and misdemeanors committed by civilians on military installations.
The legal administration section reviews and organizes administrative separation packages and assists in the preparation of Judge Advocate General Manual investigations.
Assistance for victims or witnesses of crimes involving service members is available from both the military justice and legal assistance sections.
During tax season, the tax center, provides free tax preparation for service members, reservists, family members, retirees and military dependent survivors. Tax questions outside the tax season should be referred to legal assistance.
For more information about the various sections, including contact information and hours, please refer to the section pages on the right. Keep in mind that different sections may have different hours and that hours and services available at the law center may change without notice.