The Luke AFB Legal Office on the second floor of Bldg. 1150 provides confidential advice to all active-duty service members and retirees.
It also assists Reserve and Guard personnel while on Title 10 orders and for a period of time after the Title 10 orders expire. Attorneys are available to provide advice on issues such as marriage, divorce, adoption, insurance, rentals and leases, indebtedness, wills and estate planning. The Luke AFB Legal Office also provides powers of attorney, advance medical directives and notary services. In addition, the Legal Office assists civilian employees and contractors on a limited basis in conjunction with an upcoming deployment.
The Legal Office cannot represent members in civilian court or fill out civilian legal paperwork, but an attorney may still be able to offer legal advice that prevents problems from escalating. Additionally, the Legal Office cannot advise on civilian business matters or assist in any way in criminal matters. For any questions involving a criminal matter, Air Force personnel should contact the Area Defense Counsel at 623-856-6701.
For an appointment with an attorney, walk-in legal assistance hours are conducted on Tuesday between 9 to 11 a.m. and on Thursday between 2 to 3 p.m. Call 623-856-6901 for more information.
When relevant, before visiting the Luke AFB Legal Office, all customers are encouraged to complete will questionnaires and legal assistance worksheets for general and special powers of attorney. These are available on the Air Force Legal Assistance website at https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil. After completing an online worksheet, you will receive a ticket number. Take this ticket to the Legal Office, where a paralegal or attorney will create your legal document.
For more information on any of these services, please visit the Luke AFB Legal Office or call 623-856-6901.
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act — For all active-duty service members, a basic understanding of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) is a must. The SCRA is a federal law that gives all active-duty service members special legal protections.
Some of these protections include a 90-day extension to stay court hearings or administrative hearings if the service member requests it. Interest rates can also be capped at 6 percent for pre-service loans, including credit cards. The SCRA provides eviction protection by precluding evictions, absent a court order, from premises occupied by service members as their primary residence for which monthly rent does not exceed $2,400 (amount subject to upward adjustment due to inflation). The SCRA extends the right to terminate house or apartment leases to active-duty members moving pursuant to permanent change of station orders or deployment orders of at least 90 days.
The SCRA also has a provision allowing the termination of automobile leases for use by service members and their dependents. Pre-service automobile leases may be canceled if the service member receives orders to active duty for a period of 180 days or more. Automobile leases entered into while the service member is on active duty may be terminated if the service member receives PCS orders to a location outside the continental United States or deployment orders for a period of 180 days or more.
SCRA also allows for the termination of cellular phone contracts at any time after the date the service member receives military orders to relocate for a period of not less than 90 days to a location that is not supported under the contract.
These are just a few of the provisions of the SCRA that protect service members. Several of the provisions require the service member to show that their ability to satisfy the contract will be materially affected by deployment or PCS. As such, please consult a legal assistance attorney at the Luke AFB Legal Office before making financial decisions based on the SCRA.