At our office you may obtain a: Will; Living Will; Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care; and a Springing Durable General Power of Attorney. Additionally, we may be able to assist you with probate.
- A will is a document in which you determine what you want done with your estate (your money, possessions, real estate) after you die. If you have a minor child, your will can also designate a guardian for such child if the child's other parent is deceased at the time of your death. Upon your death, a person you designate in your will (your "executor" or "personal representative") distributes your estate and carries out the instructions stated in your will.
- Depending upon the value of your estate and other factors, the distribution of your estate may require your executor to hire an attorney to distribute your estate at a special court proceeding known as probate.
- Not to be confused with a living trust, a living will is sometimes referred to as a "medical directive", "advance health care directive", or a "directive to physicians". A living will is a document in which you tell your loved ones and physicians that you would like to be removed from life support in the event that you are unable to make decisions for yourself because you become terminally ill, are in a persistent vegetative state, or are otherwise unconscious, so long as it is unreasonable to believe that you will recover.
Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
- A durable power of attorney for health care is a document in which you designate an agent or agents to make medical-related decisions for you in the event that you are incapacitated or otherwise too sick to make such decisions for yourself. This type of power of attorney is called "durable", because unlike a traditional power of attorney, your agent(s) can still make medical decisions for you though you are incapacitated. You may limit the power granted, but generally the person(s) you authorize as your agent(s) may make a wide range of medical decisions on your behalf, including the termination of life support.
Springing Durable Power of Attorney
- A springing durable power of attorney is a document in which you designate an agent or agents to make all non-medical decisions for you in the event that you are incapacitated or otherwise too sick to make such decisions for yourself. E.g., dispose of your property, pay your bills, file your income tax return. This type of power of attorney is called "springing" because it "springs" to life only in the event of your incapacity. Furthermore, it is "durable" because unlike a traditional power of attorney, your agent(s) can still make decisions for you though you are incapacitated. This may either be a General Power of Attorney, where the powers granted are virtually unrestricted, or a Special Power of Attorney, where the powers granted are specifically tailored to your wishes.
TO HAVE ANY OF THE ABOVE DOCUMENTS PREPARED FOR YOU
- You must attend the Wills Brief. The Wills Brief is held Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. No appointment is needed to attend. Call to confirm brief is scheduled.
Note: Not everyone needs a will. For example, if you have limited assets and a joint bank account with your spouse, and no children, you may not need a will. Additionally, a will is not required to transmit your SGLI benefits.
- Active duty service members seeking to begin the process of acquiring U.S. citizenship may come in and pick up a package during normal working hours (Monday-Friday, 0730-1630 except on Thursday when we close at 1515). Please complete the package and return it to our office so we can review it and mail it to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
- Once our office has mailed the package to USCIS, you can call the USCIS toll-free military help line at 1-877-CIS-4MIL (1-877-247-4645) to find out the status of your application or to update your address. This number is exclusively for members of the military and their families. USCIS customer service specialists are available to answer calls Monday through Friday from 0830 to 1630, excluding federal holidays. After-hours callers will receive an email address that they can use to contact USCIS for assistance.
- If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you may speak to our immigration paralegal during walk-in hours Monday to Thursday from 0730-1100 and 1230-1600. The immigration services we assist with are as follows:
• obtaining a green card for an immediate member of your family (e.g., parent, spouse, child)
• removing the conditions on a green card or extending a green card for yourself or an immediate family member
• immigration implications and duties involved in marring a foreign citizen
• regularization of the status of an immediate family member illegally present in the U.S
Citizenship Resource Center
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Powers of Attorney
- A power of attorney ("POA") authorizes someone to do certain things on your behalf as your agent for a certain period of time.
- Legal Assistance provides three types of Powers of Attorney: General, Special and Care of Children.
- A General Power of Attorney grants another person authority to manage all business affairs on your behalf, except changing life insurance beneficiaries.
- A Special Power of Attorney grants another person authority to manage a specific power or powers that you have assigned.
- A Power of Attorney for Care of Children allows the person you assign to give consent for emergency medical treatment, authorize all necessary medical treatment, perform any and all parental acts, enroll children in daycare and pick children up from school.
PLEASE NOTE: It is a good idea to contact any entity or individual with whom your agent will be dealing (e.g., IRS; your bank: USAA; Navy Federal, etc.) to determine whether a specific POA format is required or preferred. If you fail to do this, the entity or individual may refuse to recognize the POA you have prepared.
Notary Services (Notarizations and Certified True Copies) and powers of attorney may be obtained from: 0730 to 1630 Monday to Friday (except from 1130-1300).
A notarization is when a notary certifies that the person whose signature appears on a document did in fact sign such document. In order for us to notarize the signature on a document, the person who signed the document must come to our office, acknowledge that he or she signed the document, and provide a valid military, retiree, or dependent identification card. Additionally, if the document requires that an oath be taken, the notary will administer the oath.
Certified True Copies
Copies of certain documents may be certified as accurate (or "true") by a notary. In order to obtain a certified true copy of a document, you must bring the original document to our office. Please note that applicable regulations prohibit us from certifying copies of public, court, or registered documents (e.g., court records, birth certificates, marriage certificates). Certified copies of such documents may be obtained from the entity which issued the document. If you are unsure whether we can certify a copy of your document, please call or stop by our office.
PLEASE NOTE: By notarizing your signature on a document or certifying a copy of such document as true, the notary is not certifying, e.g., that the document's content is true; that a translation contained in the document is accurate; nor that the document will accomplish any specific goal. If you have questions about the legal implications of any document you should see an attorney. If you have never seen an attorney at our office you make an appointment.
Military Rights and Benefits
Assistance is provided for various military rights and benefits issues, including rights under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA – formerly known as the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act), and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).
Please be aware that we cannot assist you with:
• Claims against the government, including TRICARE
• Official investigations Administrative complaints involving the Department of Defense,
including fitness report rebuttals and petitions to the Board of Correction of Naval Records
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
Dept. of Justice Servicemembers Webpage
Dept. of Labor Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS)
Assistance with a variety of consumer law issues, including contracts, debtor-creditor matters, and automobile purchases and repairs. Assistance is provided by appointment. Please visit the law center to schedule an appointment. Monday to Friday from 0730-1130 and 1300-1630.
Please be sure to bring along a copy of any relevant documents you may have, including the contract, warranties, and any correspondence between you and the other party.
Federal Trade Commission ID Theft Website
Arizona Department of Consumer Affairs
Arizona Lemon Law
Assistance with landlord / tenant issues is provided based on appointment, during regular business hours.
Please bring a copy of all relevant paperwork, including the rental agreement and any correspondence between you and the landlord.
Arizona Tenants Guide
Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act