As stewards of the military justice system, the base legal office assists commanders in maintaining good order and discipline in their units. Military justice attorneys and paralegals accomplish this by providing legal advice to commanders and first sergeants on all disciplinary issues and keeping them appraised of trends so they can make well-reasoned and fair disciplinary decisions. The Military Justice Division is also responsible for processing all courts-martial, Articles 15s and administrative disciplinary matters.
Operational Law and Mission-Related Legal Assistance Attorneys and paralegals are instrumental in advising commanders concerning the rules of engagement and law of armed conflict in both war and peacetime. Given Scott's medical evacuation mission and the special protections afforded to medical personnel under the Geneva Conventions, operational law attorneys and paralegals play a continuous role in ensuring all aspects of law of armed conflict are complied with. The operation law division also takes care of deploying member's and their family's legal needs before, during and after the member departs.
Protecting Air Force Resources and Freedom of Action
The legal office's client is the Air Force. To ensure the interests of the Air Force are protected, the legal office provides a full-spectrum of civil law advice to commanders and wing agencies to better enable them to accomplish their mission. From providing advice on contracts, environmental law and labor issues to defending the Air Force against tort claims and other law suits, the legal office fights hard to insure commanders can accomplish the mission without a threat of adverse legal and/or fiscal consequences.
Morale and Welfare
Finally, the legal office helps ensure military members are compensated for any damage done to their household goods during government-directed moves by facilitating the claims process through the Air Force Claims Service Center and provides legal assistance to active duty, retired, dependent and mobilized Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve members. The scope of legal assistance includes almost any personal, civil, legal matter related to mobilization and deployment or that will have an adverse effect on the member's ability to perform military duties.
Office number/Legal Assistance Website
For a will or power of attorney, visit the legal assistance website. Please fill out a worksheet online before your visit.
There you can browse a variety of legal assistance information, fill out a legal worksheet and provide feedback on our services.
Notaries, Powers of Attorney and Claims Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, expect Wing Training days.
Walk-in Legal Assistance (All matters other than wills): Tuesday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wills: Appointments are on a first come, first served basis. Deployers have priority. Expect to set aside the entire afternoon/morning as the will signing ceremony will be after that last appointment (approximately 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays
Appointments (wills only): Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. or Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m.
NOTE - the legal office is CLOSED every Friday and 2nd Thursday of the month for Wing Training, and no legal services are provided those days.
The legal office will also be closed 20th and 21st for an inspection.
***** Due to mission requirements legal assistance may be cancelled without notice. ALWAYS CALL our office prior to showing up to avoid any inconvenience. We appreciate your understanding with this matter.
The Legal Office is located on the top floor of the 375th Air Mobility Wing Headquarters Building, Bldg. P-3. It's the first large building on the left after turning at the 3-way stop sign at the Scott Field Historical Gate.
** Due to limited parking around the building, please call 256-3542 ahead of time to make special arrangements if you need to reserve a handicap space.
The Scott Tax Clinic will open for a three day period in March to file taxes for E-1 through E-5 Airmen. There will also be staff on-hand at the Clinic to answer specific tax preparation questions for those who do not require or are not eligible for an appointment. The Clinic will be open on March 13 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will be located in the 3rd Manpower Requirements Squadron Training Room, 861 South Dr., Scott AFB. Please park across the street by the Veterinary Clinic and enter the Clinic through the glass door in the courtyard of the building facing the street. If you are E1 through E5 and would like to schedule a tax preparation appointment, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 256-1040. For those who are not eligible for the clinic's services, many excellent resources are available to assist you during the tax season. Most notably, MilitaryOneSource and Taxslayer allow all active duty members to file a federal and state tax return online for free. There are also several clinics in the local area that prepare tax returns for income eligible individuals and seniors. For more information on those resources, please click HERE.