WBAMC Legal Assistance
- Appointment Line: (915) 569-3177 or (915) 569-3228
- Location: New Hospital, Admin building, 3rd floor, Rm A3497
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Personnel Who May Receive Assistance
Active Duty personnel of Armed Forces assigned to WBAMC and their dependents, retired military personnel and their dependents who are WBAMC inpatients and Reserve component personnel on active duty at WBAMC for 30 days or more. Civilian employees of DOD assigned to WBAMC against whom pecuniary charges have been recommended (usually Financial Liability Investigation) are entitled to legal assistance on that particular matter (AR 735-11, para 4-11). Determination of eligibility will be based on AR 27-3 and possession of valid military identification card.
General Legal Assistance Hours
Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM. First appointment of the day is at 9 AM. Last appointment of the day is at 3 PM.
Power of Attorney and Notarization Hours
Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 4:30pm
** Walk-in basis depending on availability **
Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm
** By appointment only. Call (915) 742-2280 to schedule **
Last Will and Testament
Wills are done by appointment only, with emergency exceptions. Prior to making a will appointment, pick up a will worksheet and bring the completed worksheet to your scheduled appointment.
Legal Counseling from an attorney is available by appointment. Appointments are generally scheduled within a month, but attorneys can see emergencies on a priority basis.
Attorneys advise individuals in many areas of law, to include marriage, divorce, adoption, military family support, consumer law, real estate, landlord tenant, review of legal documents, military administrative actions, and taxes. Please remember to bring all of the documentation that is relevant to your issue in order to assist you better. Also, please note that attorneys are prohibited from providing legal advice over the telephone.
With limited exceptions, everything discussed with an attorney will be confidential and not disclosed to anyone outside the Legal Assistance Office without your consent. Legal assistance attorneys are prohibited from representing individuals in court; however, if necessary, we can provide a list of attorneys and agencies that may be able to offer you further assistance.
General Guidance on Notarizations
DO NOT sign or make any changes to any document that you desire to have notarized UNTIL you are in the presence of the Notary Public. A Notary cannot notarize a blank document.
Documents cannot be notarized unless the individual whose signature is to be notarized appears in person before the Notary Public.
A notary CANNOT make certified copies of any city, state, or federal document. Certified copies of any document must be procured from the office that issued the original document.
Areas Not Handled by Legal Assistance
Personnel facing court-martial, Article 15, or administrative Chapter elimination for misconduct should consult Trial Defense Service (TDS)
Commanders with questions concerning their command authority should consult the criminal law or administrative law office, as appropriate.
Soldiers complaining about mistreatment by a commanding officer or supervisor should use their chain-of-command or consult the IG or EO office first. We normally will not resort to an Article 138 complaint unless the Soldier attempts the first two options without success.
Soldiers with pay problems should consult the appropriate finance office.
Soldiers with questions regarding copyrights, patents, or other private, income-producing activities should consult a civilian attorney off-post.