Last date modified: March 27, 2012

Welcome to the 502d Mission Support Group Judge Advocate Website

Legal Office

The 502d Mission Support Group legal office provides on-time and on-target legal services to individuals and organizations, fostering mission-focus and a disciplined force to enable the 502d MSG mission.

502 Mission Support Group  
Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
502 MSG/JA
2271 Reynolds Road
Fort Sam Houston TX  78234      
Comm: (210) 808-0169
DSN: 420-0169
Contact Us

2012 JBSA Legal Services Guide

 

tabLegal Assistance  

The Legal Office provides free legal assistance on personal civil legal matters to eligible beneficiaries, including active duty or retired military members and their dependents. Examples of personal civil legal matters include: adoption, dependent care, financial responsibility, domestic relations, Service members Civil Relief Act (SCRA), veterans reemployment rights, landlord-tenant, and casualty affairs. The highest priority is given to active duty personnel who need mobilization- or deployment-related legal assistance.

Legal assistance attorneys can provide legal advice, conduct general review of documents, draft and send correspondence on the behalf of clients, and assist clients in preparing forms. Legal assistance attorneys cannot, however, represent clients in any court or administrative proceedings or draft or file legal documents with any court.

To qualify for Legal Assistance you must have a valid military identification card and fall into one of the following categories:
1. Active Duty Military Members and their dependents
2. Reserve and Guard Members who are on active duty and their dependents
3. Retired military members and their dependents.  If you are a grey area retired reservist or guardsman or a dependent of one of them, you must be receiving retirement pay to be eligible for service. Please note you must have a military ID card to be eligible.
4.  Other individuals in unique circumstances may be eligible if they have a valid military identification card. 

If you have a questions please contact the office at          (210) 808-0169.  Legal advice cannot be given over the phone. 

Walk in Legal Assistance
Tuesdays 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. (all eligible categories)
Thursdays 8:30  - 10:30 a.m. (active duty only)

Legal Assistance by Appointment
Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Wills
Legal assistance attorneys can prepare wills and advance medical directives, including living wills and medical powers of attorney.  If you are deploying, we will attempt to accommodate you outside of these hours.         

To schedule an appointment, please call (210) 808-0169. Before your appointment, please visit: https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil and complete the online legal worksheet.


Pro Se Programs
The legal office currently provides more expansive legal services, to include uncontested pro se divorce, pro se adult and child name change and Texas pro se probate.  Please call (210) 808-0169 to schedule an appointment or come in during walk-in legal assistance.


Powers of Attorney and Notary Services
The Legal Office can prepare general and special powers of attorney to include advanced medical directives, medical powers of attorney and provide notary services on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tax Clinic
The Legal Office operates a free tax clinic from early January to mid-April, preparing and filing federal and state tax returns for eligible persons. Assistance is provided by appointment only Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, please call (210) 295-1040.  To schedule an appointment at BAMC, please call (210) 916-1040.

The tax clinic is run by volunteers who receive training by IRS personnel.

Click here to get a list of "What to Bring" to your tax appointment.

The Air Force Legal Assistance Website
Please visit https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil to find information on various legal assistance topics, and provide feedback regarding legal assistance provided to you by the legal staff.

tabClaims  

The Legal Office processes claims both for and against the Air Force arising out of incidents occurring on Fort Sam Houston, Joint Base San Antonio.  To file a claim with our office, please call (210) 808-0169.

Download Claims Documents:
-- Instructions for Filing Claims
-- SF 95 Claims Fillable Form
--Print out the claims packet; instructions and form

Household Goods Issues:                                                          Air Force Personnel, please contact the Air Force Claims Service Center at 1-877-754-1212, or visit https://claims.jag.af.mil/.  

 Army Personnel, please call (210) 221-2161.

tabMilitary Justice  

The Legal Office provides legal advice on a full range of disciplinary matters to the wing commander, as well as to subordinate units and partner commands under the worldwide mission. We enable commanders to uphold good order and discipline through the efficient and equitable administration of military justice, ranging from administrative actions to general courts-martial.

The Area Defense Counsel provides individual Air Force members independent legal representation. Airmen facing adverse administrative actions or who are suspected of committing an offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice can receive confidential legal advice outside of their chain of command.

Air Force members can schedule an appointment by calling Lackland Air Force Base ADC at (210) 671-2924.

Army members can schedule an appointment by calling Trial Defense Services at (210) 295-9742.

Marine and Navy Members can speak to a Legal Defense representative by calling Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christie (361) 961-3659 or (361) 961-3765.

 

tabVictim/ Witness Assistance Program  

The Victim and Witness Assistance Program (VWAP), is a Commander-directed program that is supported by the Staff Judge Advocate Office. The VWAP Program provides guidance for the treatment of victims and witnesses of crime under the UCMJ. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, the Program ensures that victims and witnesses receive the information and assistance they deserve.

Please call (210) 808-0169 to schedule an appointment with our VWAP coordinator.