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Legal office changes hours of operation

Sheppard

82nd Training Wing Law Center

The Sheppard AFB legal office has changed its hours of operation.

The new hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 7:30 a.m-4:30 p.m. and Tuesdays from 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

The legal office will close at noon the third Tuesday of each month.

The legal office offers walk-in services for notaries and powers of attorney during these hours. The drafting of wills and advice on personal civil legal matters are by appointment only.

The office is located in Bldg. 315 and can be reached at 940-676-4262.

Legal professionals can advise on matters such as financial affairs; family law to include marriage or divorce; immigration; Service Members Civil Relief Act; and wills. Attorneys, however, cannot give advice on behalf of a third-party, criminal proceedings, or grievances made against the government or affiliates.

Notary

Please remember that when you need a document notarized, it is imperative to not sign the document until you are standing in front of the notary public. Customers are encouraged to call the office or organization that provided the form if you need assistance filling it out or understanding what the document is about. Therefore, it is absolutely acceptable to fill your form out before you arrive at our office for notary services, just be sure to leave the signature and date blank.

Powers of attorney 

There are two types of powers of attorney: general and special. Neither type is binding as it is up to each entity to decide whether to accept your power of attorney.

A general power of attorney is broad and encompassing in nature. Some people refer to it as a document that allows the grantee to do “anything.” This type of power of attorney is generally accepted in day-to-day life and will allow the grantee to do a fair amount of business for the grantor. Please note that it is typically not accepted by military agencies.

A special power of attorney is a written authorization that grants someone authority to make specific decisions on behalf of the grantor. An example of this would be a special power of attorney to allow a dependent to obtain a military ID without the sponsor present. Special powers of attorney are widely accepted by military agencies.

Individuals eligible for legal assistance, powers of attorney, or notary service must have a valid military identification card and be active duty, retired, be a Reserve or Guard member on active duty status, or a dependent of the same. Those that are eligible for legal assistance can schedule a consultation with a licensed attorney to discuss legal issues. Although the attorneys can consult with you, please know that our attorneys cannot represent you in court.

The Air Force Legal Assistance website, https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil, is an additional resource for military members. This website is an invaluable resource with information on a multitude of common legal issues.

Additionally, the website allows members to fill out power of attorney worksheets in the convenience of their own home, which in turn speeds up their legal office visit. Just be sure to copy the 8-digit ticket number accurately so when you come in we can pull up your power of attorney worksheet.