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Legal Assistance

The Legal Office provides free legal assistance regarding personal civil legal matters to eligible beneficiaries, including active duty or retired military members and their dependents. Examples of personal civil legal matters include: adoption, dependent care, financial responsibility, domestic relations, Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), veterans reemployment rights, landlord-tenant, and casualty affairs.

The highest priority is given to active duty personnel who need mobilization- or deployment-related legal assistance. Legal assistance attorneys can provide legal advice, conduct general review of documents, draft correspondence, and assist clients in preparing forms. Legal assistance attorneys cannot, however, represent clients in any court or administrative proceedings or draft or file legal documents with a court.

To qualify for Legal Assistance you must have a valid military identification card and fall into one of the following categories:

1. Active Duty military members and their dependents.

2. Reserve and Guard members who are on active duty and their dependents.

3. Retired military members and their dependents. If you are a retired reservist or guardsman or a dependent of one of them, you must be receiving retirement pay to be eligible for service. Please note that you must have a military ID card to be eligible.

4. Civilian employees of the Department of Defense and the military departments assigned outside the United States and its territories and dependents residing with them.

5. Select civilian contractor personnel who are assigned outside the United States and its territories and dependents residing with them. (Please note, some legal assistance will be limited). In addition to our normal customer service we offer the following weekly briefings:

Walk-In Legal Assistance  By appointment only.
To make an appointment, call DSN 634-3300 or (098) 961-3300/3309.

Wills (By appointment only) Tuesday 1-2 p.m.

Legal assistance attorneys can prepare wills and advance medical directives, including living wills and medical powers of attorney. If you are deploying, we will attempt to accommodate you outside of these hours. For those seeking wills, go to the Air Force Legal Assistance Website, https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil, complete the online worksheet, record the ticket number and call our office to schedule an appointment. When calling, please make sure to have your ticket number readily available.

Powers of Attorney & Notary Service Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

An appointment is mandatory for Housing & Real Estate notary package such as Selling, Purchasing and Refinancing. Please call us at DSN 634-3300/(098) 961-3300-3309 or stop by the legal office to make an appointment.

If you need a Power of Attorney (POA), please visit the Air Force Legal Assistance Website at https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil and complete a worksheet for faster service. Members can also use the website to access numerous legal information, legal worksheets for wills, and to provide feedback on their legal office experience.

Other Services In addition to our normal customer service we offer the following weekly briefings:
Reenlistment Brief: No longer available in-person. Article 137 Reenlistment Briefs are available in ADLS.
SOFA Brief: Wednesdays at 3 p.m. (Walk-ins OK)
Pre-Marriage Brief: Appointment only. Thursdays at 10 a.m. Will need passport or birth certificate. Maximum of 5 personnel. Affidavit will expire in 30 days of signature.
Pre-Divorce Brief: Appointment only. Thursdays at 2 p.m. USAF active-duty only.

 

 

TAX CENTER - VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE (VITA)

Tax Season is here!  Free tax preparation by trained volunteers is offered at the Kadena Tax Center, Bldg. 753 on Fisher Ave (off Douglas Blvd, next to the Fire Station).

 

Tax Season Office Hours (all services are by appt only):

 

9 - 11 February:

Tues - Thurs 0900-1130 & 1300-1500 (Simple Returns Only: In-Person Tax Preparation & Drop-off)

Tues - Wed 1500 (Simple Returns Only: Teachers Only Appointments for In-Person & Drop-off)

 

17 - 18 February:

Wed - Thurs 0900-1130 & 1300-1500 (Simple Returns Only: In-Person Tax Preparation & Drop-off)

Wed 1500 (Simple Returns Only: Teachers Only Appointments for In-Person & Drop-off)

 

22-25 February:

Mon - Thurs 0900-1130 & 1300-1500 (Simple Returns Only: In-Person Tax Preparation & Drop-off)

Mon - Wed 1500 (Simple Returns Only: Teachers Only Appointments for In-Person & Drop-off)

 

1 March - 15 June:

Mon - Thurs 0900-1130 (Drop-off)

Mon - Thurs 0900-1130 & 1300-1500 (In-Person Tax Preparation Appointments)

Mon - Wed 1500 (Teachers Only Appointments for In-Person & Drop-off)

 

Closed for lunch daily 1130-1300.

 

Closed every Friday, Holidays and PACAF Family Days: 8, 15-16 February, 31 May & 1 June 2021.

 

Both In-Person Tax Preparation & Drop-off Return (defined below) will require an Appointment due to COVID-19.  Appointments can be made online using SignUpGenius (links below). 

 

February Only: All appointments available in February are only for completing simple tax returns.  No Rentals, Self-Employment (Home-based Business), ITIN Requests, Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (Form 2555), Excessive Investments, etc.

 

In-Person Tax Preparation – tax return is completed at the tax center with the taxpayer present

 

In-Person Tax Appointment Link: www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D49ADAE22A6FDC16-inperson

 

Drop-off Return – you will be interview to verify you have all necessary documents.  If so you will leave your tax documents (we will make a copy of your Social Security cards) with us and the return will be prepared & quality reviewed without you being present.  Once complete you will receive a call that the return is ready for pick-up.  You will need to schedule a Pick-up Appointment. (Please Note: your tax return is not e-filed until you and your spouse if married have reviewed and signed the complete tax return.)

 

 

Drop-off Appointment Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D49ADAE22A6FDC16-drop

 

Pick-up Appointment Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D49ADAE22A6FDC16-pickup

 

Bring in the following required documentation to complete your Tax Return:

- DOD/Military Identification card

- Social Security Card(s)

- Bank Routing and Account Number(s)

- Form W-2 (from all employers); 1099-R (from pensions and annuities)

- Amount received for both Economic Impact (Stimulus) Payments in 2020 (EIP 1 & EIP 2)

- Form 1099-INT (interest earned); 1099-DIV (dividends earned)*           

- Form 1099-B (Sale of stocks/mutual funds)*

- IRA contributions*

- Rental Property (includes total income, mortgage interest, taxes, insurance)*

- Child care cost/providers receipt*

- Form 1098-T and Education related expenses*

- Receipts from contributions to charity (now able to take an adjustment up to $300)*

- Foreign Employer’s information (name, address, amount earned)*

- Power of Attorney (if filing on behalf of your spouse)*

- Copy of your 2019 Federal and State Income Tax Return

* If applicable

 

Kadena Tax Center: 634-5013

 

Don't have time to wait?  We offer a drop off service.  Please see above for information on how to book your Drop-off Appointment.

Contact Information

Building 15
DSN: 634-3300

Do you have general questions regarding adoptions, marriage, or need a will or power of attorney? Before you visit the Kadena Law Center, visit the Air Force Legal Assistance website:

https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil

Do you need to file a claim? Visit the Air Force Claims Service Center website: https://claims.jag.af.mil/index.php?JA=930057

Have questions on the U.S. Consulate in Japan? Go to
http://japan.usembassy.gov/index.html

Claims

The Legal Office processes claims both for and against the Air Force arising out of incidents occurring at Kadena Air Base and at locations under its responsibility.

For Household Goods Claims
Please contact the carrier first. If you do not receive prompt service, please contact the Claims Service Center at https://claims.jag.af.mil/index.php?JA=930057

For Claims due to a vehicle accident or typhoon damage
Please contact your local legal office at 634-3300, or via cell phone 098-961-3300.

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