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Legal Services

The Fort Bliss Office of the Staff Judge Advocate provides timely, accurate legal advice, service, and support for the command and staff of Fort Bliss. In addition, the Office provides legal services and preliminary legal advice to active-duty and retired soldiers, their family members, and other individuals entitled to receive legal assistance at Fort Bliss and its surrounding area.

Office of the Staff Judge Advocate HQ, Fort Bliss Bldg 113, Pershing Road 915-568-7141 (DSN 978)

Satellite Legal Assistance Office opening on East Bliss

AR 404 SGM Blvd (across from Division Headquarters) 915-744-6562

Office Hours, Location and Services

LOCATION: Building 113, Pershing Road (Parking off Slater Road) HOURS: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m., 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. / Thursday: 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Lunch 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) EMERGENCY: Walk-in basis NOTARY: Walk-in basis HOURS: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. / Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. / Thursday: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. TELEPHONE: 915-568-7141 APPOINTMENTS: No appointments are made outside of 7 business days ELIGIBILITY: All persons must have, and show, a military ID, active or retired (and their family members) HANDOUTS:Click here for information available on topics of concern listed below.

LOCATION: Ar 404 SGM Blvd (across from Division Headquarters) HOURS: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. / Thursday: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. TELEPHONE: 915-744-6562 SERVICES: Powers of Attorney & Notarizations - on a walk-in basis / Consultation with Attorney/Wills – by appointment

Legal Assistance Services

Our attorneys have a wide range of knowledge and will better assist you having more knowledge of the pertinent facts of your issue/case. When calling for an appointment, provide us with a brief description of your issue/case. Also, have in hand last four of your SSN; along with spouse last four SSN if it is Family Law-type case.

Those with appointments have priority.

Call 915-568-7141 to make an appointment. Appointments are made one week in advance, and there are no walk-ins. If you cannot make your appointment, please call at 24 hours in advance to cancel so that we can assist other clients.

Emergencies, please speak with NCOIC or OIC.

Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your appointment to fill out a client card. If late you could be listed as a "No Show".

Wills

Wills are done on Tuesdays only. Initial in-take is done Tuesday mornings, and the finalization is done Tuesday afternoons one week later. If both spouses are making wills then they both will need to be present and they will need their own individual appointments (although they can request to see the same attorney).

Powers of Attorney

Usually are performed on a daily walk-in basis, with possible delay due to a lack of Notaries, and will fall behind those clients who already have an appointment. If a SPOA is being done for a vehicle or a home, information such as such as VIN or legal property description (found on title or deed) is required to complete the form. Be aware that not all businesses or organizations will honor the POAs. Therefore, it is recommended that you check with your financial institution or place you plan on using the POA for their acceptance.

Divorce

An appointment is required for a consultation with an attorney. If a spouse has been seen for the same reason, a conflict arises and the second person will not be able to be seen at this office and will be referred to White Sands Missile Range Legal Office.

Information

Handouts and Factsheets are available in the waiting room of Building 113, 1st floor, Pershing Road. Advice will not be given over the phone due to not being able to ascertain your identity and eligibility for services. Unfortunately, we are not staffed or equipped to provide any "call-backs". You can use our reference of elpasobar.com with civilian attorneys that are in good standing.

General advice and assistance in the following areas:

Personal Civil Disputes: Real Property Issues:Contracts Purchase/Sale of Home, Leases Advice on Mortgage Foreclosure, Tenant's Rights, Auto Warranties, Lemon Law

Economic Matters: Identity Theft, Insurance, Bankruptcy

Family Matters: Adoption, Name Change, Garnishment Orders, Involuntary Allotments, Dependent Support Insurance Claims, Child Custody, Separation/Divorce
Tax Assistance: Free Tax Return Preparation Electronic Filing, From late January - mid April yearly
Adverse Administrative Actions: OER/EER Appeals Civilian Criminal Matters (Advice Only), Rebuttals to Reports of Survey Soldier Readiness Processing, Appeals to Reports of Survey, Line of Duty Responses, Suspension of Security Clearance, Notarization of Documents (including power of attorney).

Limitations on Services: The office does not provide assistance in the following areas--Military Justice Matters, Private Business Activities of the Client, Litigation/Claims for or against the U.S. Employment Matters, Providing an Agency Position on any standard of conduct issue.

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