Legal Assistance, Building 315 on Missouri Avenue, first floor, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday and serves Soldiers, retirees and eligible dependents in the areas of family law, contracts, consumer rights, estate planning, home purchase, landlord-tenant issues, Servicemembers Civil Relief Act matters, military administrative law, debts, income taxation and other personal legal problems. Powers of attorney and notary services are available 9 to 11 a.m. on a walk-in basis. Estate planning is done on an appointment basis, and an estate-planning briefing must be attended prior to setting an appointment. Estate planning briefings are held at 8:30 a.m. every Wednesday. Family law issues (including divorce, paternity issues, child custody, support and separation) are handled on an appointment basis. Other legal matters are handled by appointment or on a walk-in basis. The office is closed Thursdays, federal/training holidays and after 11:30 a.m. the first Friday of every month. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 573-596-0629.
The Claims Office, also in Building 315 on Missouri Avenue, investigates and adjudicates the claims of Soldiers and Department of the Army civilian employees for loss or damage to their personal property due to their federal service or employment. The Claims Office also investigates and adjudicates claims against the U.S. for damage to property, personal injury or death based on the negligence of a Soldier or federal employee who was acting within the scope of employment. All Soldiers or DA employees asserting claims for loss or damage to their personal property may come by the office anytime during normal duty hours to consult with a claims adjudicator regarding claims procedures. Claims for household items damaged or lost during shipment, including loss or damage not discovered until after delivery, must be reported to the Claims Office or the transportation provider within 75 days of the delivery of goods. Please contact the Claims Office for proper guidance on providing notice to the carrier. Failure to provide notice may result in a significant reduction in the amount of reimbursement you would have otherwise received. The Claims Office is open 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The Claims Office does not open to the public until 1 p.m. Wednesday. For more information, call 573-596-0627.
The Federal Litigation Division, also in Building 315 on Missouri Avenue, is the Fort Leonard Wood branch of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, which hosts Magistrate Court. Magistrate Court adjudicates all traffic offenses or hunting violations occurring on Fort Leonard Wood and is typically held at 9 a.m. the first Tuesday of the month. The Litigation Division also adjudicates petty offenses and administers bars to the installation and the revocation and suspension of on-post privileges. For more information, call 573-596-0676.
The Trial Defense Service (TDS), also in Building 315 on Missouri Avenue, counsels and assists active-duty Soldiers facing no judicial punishment, administrative separation, criminal investigation and courts-martial. TDS will also see National Guard and Reserve Soldiers who are on active-duty orders. They also represent Soldiers at courts-martial and administrative separation boards. Article 15 and administrative separation counseling is done by appointment only. Appointments are scheduled by calling 573-596-0628. Suspect rights are done on a walk-in basis. Hours of operation are 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (the office is closed Thursday mornings for training).
Visit www.wood.army.mil/sja for more information on legal services available at the Fort Leonard Wood Office of the Staff Judge Advocate.