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 if you require additional information regarding our hours of operation.