The JAG (Judge Advocate General) Corps was founded in 1775 for the U.S. Army by our founding father George Washington making it the oldest law firm in the U.S. Today the firm employs over 3,400 full and part time Attorneys. The JAG Corps has been part of some the biggest cases in history, including the Trials at Nuremberg, trying Benedict Arnold, creation of the Uniform Military Code of Justice, prosecuted Lincoln's Assassin, probed Custer's defeat at Little Big Horn and drafted the Dayton Peace Accord. And this awesome law firm is at your disposal as a soldier in the U.S. army thanks to the "Army Legal Assistance Program".
The Army Legal Assistance Program provides free assistance to soldiers and their families, including active duty, reserves and retired soldiers. One of the biggest reasons the Army provides this service is to maintain the highest level of readiness possible in the event a soldier is deployed. Since a soldier may be deployed at a moments notice, all legal affairs must be in order.
Here are some of the things that Army Legal Assistance Program can help with:
Consumer & Contract Matters:
- Buying a New or Used car
- Driver's licenses
- Overseas shipment
- Auto leasing
- Lemon laws
- Auto Insurance
- General Consumer Matters
- Automatic Debit Scams
- Avoiding Credit & Charge Card Fraud
- Building a Better Credit Record
- Cosigning a Loan
Family Law Matters:
- Estate Planning
- Advance Medical Directive/"Living Will"
- Health Care Power of Attorney
- Life Insurance
- Long-Term Care & Insurance
- Accelerated Benefits Option
- Organ Donation
- Power of Attorney
- Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)
Housing & Real Estate:
- Family Law Introduction
- Child & Family Support
- Divorce & Separation
- International Child Custody Issues
- Marriage and Prenuptial Agreements
- Name Change
- Uniformed Services' Former Spouses' Protection Act
- Housing & Real Estate
- Buying a Home
- Homeowner's Assistance Program
- Immigration, Nationality, & Citizenship
- Citizenship for Active Duty Military Personnel
Landlord & Tenant:
- Home or
- Article 138 Complaints Against Commanders
- Article 139 Claims
- Bar to Reenlistment
- Remission of Indebtedness
- Article 139 Claims
- US Army Claims Service Home Page
- Credit Card Protection
- Federal Income Tax Topics for Military Personnel
For more information see the military legal information portal
, sponsored by the U. S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps.
The Army Legal Assistance Program's doesn't cover criminal charges. Criminal charges are covered by Article 31, UCMJ, which guarantees the right to council during any interrogation or trial. This includes court martial proceedings and other criminal charges, both civilian and military.
Like The Army Legal Assistance Program, the JAG office provides council where possible, and should a specialist be required they will recommend lawyers from civilian firms who specialize in a needed area.
The JAG office and military law have a long history which provided excellent examples that were adopted by civilian law. For example, the Miranda Rights were modeled after the rights outlined in Article 31 providing free council to those who need it.
The JAG office plays a vital role for the U.S Military. Since the earliest days our country the JAG office has fought for both our military and our soldiers in cases large and small. It's good to know that we have such a well trained group of people protecting our nation and the people who fight for our freedom.
If you want more information about the JAG, you can visit the JAG Corps website at jagcnet.army.mil