The Legal Assistance Office at the Marine Corps Logistics Base
(MCLB) is tasked with providing free attorney and paralegal assistance to
uniformed service members, their eligible dependents, retirees, and other
eligible clients regarding personal civil legal matters. “Dependents” are
those persons identified in the sponsor’s service record and/or who possess a
valid United States Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card (This
is NOT a Common Access Card (CAC)). Legal Assistance attorneys are available to
assist eligible clients with a variety of legal issues, to include wills,
powers of attorney, notaries, and other matters listed below.
Please see below for more information on your particular issue or contact our
office at, (760) 577-6748, with any additional inquires you may have.
Matters Handled By Appointment Only
• Step-Parent Adoption and Guardianship
• Bills of Sale
• Child Support and Custody
• Consumer Law Issues
• Uncontested Divorce
• Family Law Issues
• Immigration (Citizenship)
• Landlord/Tenant Disputes
• Service Members’ Civil Relief Act
Services Not Provided
By Legal Assistance
• Criminal Matters
• Civilian Restraining Orders/Military Protective Orders (MPO)
• Contested Divorces
• Employment Disputes
• Matters against the Armed Forces or Government entities
Scheduling an Appointment
The Legal Assistance Office is located at Building 236 on board
Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB).
Normal business hours are Monday through Thursday 0700 – 1500 and Friday
0800 – 1200. Our telephone number is (760) 577-6748. You may walk
in during normal business hours to seek assistance. In order to provide
better legal assistance, please bring all relevant paperwork and refrain from
bringing children to your appointment so we can have your undivided attention.
Note: Do not sign any document which
you need notarized until you are in the presence of a notary!
Power of Attorney paperwork can be picked up during normal office
hours, or you may download and print the following documents from the links
Special Power of Attorney (Fill in the
Grants another person the right to perform acts you choose in your
General Power of Attorney
Grants another person the right to perform all acts in your name. (NOT
Special Power of Attorney
Used to allow other caregivers to act in your place while taking care
of your children.
Special Power of
Used to let another person use and take care of your vehicle.
Notary Public Hours
– Thursday 0800 – 1600 and Friday 0800 - 1200
The signer MUST
appear in front of the notary public or the requestor must present the original
Power of Attorney. Please note this office cannot
certify a true copy without viewing the original. Also, please ensure
your out-of-state documents do not require a state specific notary.
Additionally, please be advised we cannot
certify true public registered or court documents (i.e. birth
certificates, court orders, etc.).
The Legal Assistance Office can assist in preparing BASIC will documents and related
documents (healthcare directives & durable financial powers of
attorney). In order to assist you in preparing your will, you will need
to come in to our office and sign up for the will brief. The will brief
is held every Friday at 1200. Once you have attended the will brief and
turned in a completed will questionnaire, our office will begin preparing your
will. The normal turn-around-time for a will is no more than 10 business
days. We will contact you upon completion and review of your will to set
an appointment for your will execution, which will require your returning to
our office. For more information on whether or not our office can be of
assistance please contact us.
In order for our office to assist you in your divorce, we
strongly recommend you attend the dissolution brief which takes place every
Wednesday at 0800 in the Legal
Assistance Office at Twentynine Palms, which is located at Building 1514 on
board Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (between the Fire Department and
the Base Theatre, next to the Main Exchange). Sign up in person or by phone, (760)
*Note: Both spouses should attend the brief.
To file for divorce,
at least one spouse must meet the residency requirements.
• Lived in the
county for three months;
• Lived in the state for six months; and
• If the couple has children, they must live in California.
Uncontested means both spouses agree
on all issues pertaining to the divorce:
• Dividing your
property and debts;
• Spousal support;
• Retirement benefits;
• Custody of your children;
• Visitation; and
• Child support.
*NOTE: Our office does
not handle contested divorces!
After attending the dissolution brief, if you and your spouse
have decided to attend mediation, you can make an appointment for mediation at the
Twentynine Palms Legal Office. In order to schedule mediation, you must
attend the dissolution brief and subsequently file a petition with the
court. Bring all documents concerning your dissolution, including but not
limited to: court paperwork, your current Leave and Earning Statement and /or
pay stubs, bank account information, credit card information, and vehicle
The Legal Assistance Office provides income tax preparation and
electronic filing services as part of its income tax assistance program.
Our preparers have been certified by the IRS for income tax preparation and all
returns have multiple levels of review before submission. To make an
appointment for tax preparation services, call (760) 830-4TAX(829). The
Tax center will be open starting January 26th in building 1110 located on 1st
and Brown at the Twentynine Palms installation or in the SJA Office of the
Magistrate Court Building 236 (by appointment only – please call for
Resources – Service members’ Civil Relief Act (SCRA)
• SCRA - Highlights
• SCRA - Letter for Vehicle Lease
• SCRA - Letter for Stay
• SCRA - Letter for Residential
• SCRA - Letter
for Reduced Rate of Interest
Staff Judge Advocate
Marine Corps Logistics Base
PO Box 110120
Barstow, CA 92311-5050
Legal Assistance Offices:
Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center
Twentynine Palms, CA 92278-8297
Phone: (760) 830-6111
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
Joint Legal Assistance Office
Camp Pendleton, California 92055-5023
Phone: (760) 725-6558, Fax (760) 725-5038