Staff Judge Advocate
Published November 28, 2017
The office of the staff judge advocate provides full-spectrum legal services that support the entire Tyndall community and its mission. Primarily, this involves assisting commanders, first sergeants, and supervisors in fostering morale, good order and discipline throughout the wing. The legal office also provides other decision-makers at all levels with advice and recommendation needed to best evaluate options and properly resolve complex issues.
In addition to communicating legal information through authoritative counsel, the legal office provides valuable and responsive programs such as legal and income tax assistance, claims, notary service, will preparation, and legal training on a variety of subjects. These programs help Team Tyndall members and their families resolve legal problems so they can focus on their responsibilities and the mission.
Attorneys, paralegals, and other staff members are available to provide personal advice and assistance to military personnel, active duty and retired, and their dependents. Legal assistance includes advice on domestic relations, adoption, real property, leases, taxation, creditor's rights, estates, powers of attorney, bills of sale and numerous other matters of a personal civil legal nature. You may receive legal assistance by scheduling an appointment. Currently the Legal Office offers legal assistance appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1400 and 1500. Some legal services requested are beyond the scope of the legal assistance program. If this is the case, our staff will provide you contact information to the Florida Attorney Referral Service.
Our Office prepares Wills, Living Wills, and Medical Powers of Attorney by appointment only. Wills are prepared and executed on Mondays and Wednesday at 1000 and 1100. Please call the legal office to schedule an appointment or to check on specific times when services are available. You will need to complete our online worksheet prior to your appointment. Please visit https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil. Click on the "Legal Worksheets" tab. Scroll to the middle of the page and click "Create Will and Advance Medical Directive Worksheet.
Another important service the legal office provides to new arrivals is processing claims for personal property damage sustained during permanent change of station moves. Those who wish to file a claim should contact the Legal Office and request to speak with a claims representative. Claims personnel will be able to assist you with gathering the proper claim forms that you will need in order to file your claim. Once you have completed all forms and gathered required estimates, you need to contact the claims division at the number provided or set-up an appointment to turn in your claims forms and any evidence to substantiate your claims. Please contact the Legal Office at (850) 283-4681.
For more information contact the Staff Judge Advocate office at 850-283-3233.