Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton


Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

"The West Coast's Premiere Expeditionary Training Base"
Services & Hours - Legal Services Support Section-West
Schedule an appointment prior to deployment
Service members should make every effort to handle legal matters prior to deployment. In an effort to provide the best possible support the operating forces, the Joint Legal Assistance offers “front of the line” privileges to deploying Marines.

Deploying service members must bring a copy of their deployment orders to the legal assistance office in order to obtain a will or other legal services on an expedited basis. The orders must indicate that the service member will be deploying within 14 business days. Expedited appointments will not be provided to dependents and non-deploying service members.

Walk-In Hours
Walk in hours Tuesday and Thursday: 0730 and Wednesday: 1300. First come, first serve basis. Dissolution classes begin at 0730 on Tuesday and Thursday ** There is no dissolution class during Wednesday walk-ins.

NOTE: Bring all documentation relating to your case with you to your walk-in session. If you do not have the necessary documents on hand, an attorney may not be able to assist you.

Matters Handled During Walk-In Hours
Consumer Law Issues (credit card debt, identity theft, car loans, foreclosures, car contracts, etc.)
Contract Disputes
Landlord/Tenant Disputes
Review of Contracts (e.g., to purchase a car)
Non-Support Issues
Family Law Issues

Services Not Provided by Legal Assistance
Personal Business Interests
Living Trusts
Claims against the government
BCNR Petitions
Fitness Report Rebuttals
Court-Martial or NJP Counseling
Traffic Violations
DUI/DWI Counseling
Criminal Matters or Bankruptcy

Family Law Hours
Paperwork for Dissolutions, Adoptions, Guardianships, and Name Changes may be picked up Monday - Thursday at 0800 - 1100, 1300 - 1630

Powers of Attorney
Powers of Attorney may be picked up and prepared at our office on
Monday - Thursday 0800 - 1100, 1300 - 1500
Friday 0800 - 1100

Notary Public Hours
Monday - Thursday 0800 - 1100, 1300 - 1500
Friday 0800 - 1100

Matters Handled by Appointment Only
Detailed Wills / Advance Medical Directives
Name Changes
Immigration (with the exception of our walk-in hours on Wednesday morning)

Scheduling an Appointment
Appointments are scheduled the week prior on Friday mornings. Appointments can be scheduled in person at 0730 (line starts forming before 0700 and appointments are first come first served) on Fridays for the following week. Appointments are scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons at 1300, 1400, and 1500.

Naturalization Class (Service Members)
Every Wednesday at 1400 at the Joint Legal Assistance Office, Building 22161. This class is mandatory for military members who wish to be naturalized via expedited processing system.

Traveling Legal Briefs
Preventive Law Briefs, Wills and Power of Attorney Briefs, and Pre-deployment Briefs may be scheduled by units for classes of 75+ attendees. Units deploying, please contact our Legal Assistance Office. Schedule Company or Battalion size Will and Power of Attorney briefs at least 3 months prior to deploying so that we have enough time to meet your unit’s request.

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