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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton


Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

"The West Coast's Premier Fleet Marine Force Training Base"


Effective 1 June 2020, Camp Pendleton Legal Assistance will resume limited services to all eligible clients subject to existing social distancing guidelines. In-person attendance to all Estate Planning, Dissolution, and Immigration briefs are limited to 10 persons, and proper PPE (mask/face covering) in accordance with current orders will be required; virtual participation in briefs are limited to 50 persons.  In-person counseling with Legal Assistance attorneys will be subject to staff availability. For more information, please contact Camp Pendleton Legal Assistance at 760-725-6558.


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The dissolution brief is held online using Zoom Meeting (www.zoom.com) each Tuesday and Thursday, starting at 7:45 am.  Interested parties must send an email to Mr. Tracey Clark (tracey.clark@usmc.mil) by 4 pm the day before the requested brief date.  The email must request a specific date and include an email address other than a .mil email address.  A meeting invitation email containing registration instructions and other helpful links to information will be sent to each requesting party by 6 pm the day before the requested brief.  The Zoom Meeting will open at 7:30 am with information slides on a continuous loop until the Host starts the meeting at 7:45 am, and the Host will lock the meeting at 7:50 am.  All participants will be placed in a meeting waiting room before being allowed to join the meeting.  Waiting room participants that did not receive a meeting invitation email from the Host will not be allowed to join the meeting.




Services & Hours - Legal Services Support Section-West

We do NOT provide legal advice over the phone. We cannot provide legal services without proper military identification. Those eligible for our services are limited to Active Duty and Retired Marines with ID card, and their dependents with ID card. Reservist service members are not eligible for our services unless they are serving on active duty orders for 30 days or longer (with some additional exceptions); Please bring a copy of your orders with you. DoD civilians are not eligible for our services (with some exceptions).

Bring all documentation relating to your case with you. If you do not have the necessary documents on hand, an attorney may not be able to provide advice to you.

22 Area Appointment Hours (Bldg. 22161)
Walk in hours:
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 0730; Wednesdays at 1230.

The number of clients our office can see will vary based on number of attorneys available and on hand.

The Legal Assistance office offers Dissolution (divorce) classes followed by assistance in filling out court paperwork. Dissolution (divorce) classes do not require an appointment to attend, they are walk-in only, and they begin at 0745 to 0930 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Dissolution (divorce) classes are only offered in the 22 Area office (Bldg. 22161) on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 0745 to 0930.

The Legal Assistance office offers Estate Planning (wills and powers of attorney) classes followed by consultation with an attorney for those who want estate planning documents prepared by our office. Estate Planning (wills) classes do not require an appointment to attend, they are walk-in only, and they begin at 0745 and end at 0830 on Mondays and Fridays.

Estate Planning (wills and powers of attorney) classes are only offered in the 22 Area office (Bldg. 22161) on Monday and Friday mornings at 0745 and end at 0830 .

Immigration Services - NOTE: There will be no immigration services from 12 - 23 September 2019.
The Immigration brief will be held on Wednesdays starting at 0745 and ending at approximately 0900.  Clients will be seen on a first come first, served basis at the conclusion of the class. Children are not permitted during immigration walk-ins.
**Please note: Service members' parents do not qualify for immigration services.**

53 Area Appointment Hours (Bldg. 53505)
There will be no walk-ins held at the 53 area office until further notice.

Matters Handled During Appointments
Consumer Law Issues (credit card debt, identity theft, car loans,
foreclosures, car contracts, etc.)
Probate matters (e.g., Guardianship, Conservatorship)
Landlord/Tenant Disputes
Review of Contracts (e.g., to purchase a car)
Non-Support Issues
Family Law Issues (e.g., Dissolutions (divorce), Adoptions, Guardianships,
child custody, support, and name changes)


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

Powers of Attorney and Notary Public
22 Area office Legal Assistance offers Powers of Attorney and notary services in our 22 Area office (Bldg. 22161) on Mondays - Thursdays from 0730 - 1130, and 1230 - 1500, and on Fridays from 0730 - 1130

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 to Schedule Company or Battalion size briefs at least 3 months prior to deploying so that we have enough time to meet your unit's request. We do not provide Law of War or Rules of Engagement Briefs - please contact the Camp Pendleton Civil Law Office or your Staff Judge Advocate to schedule those briefs."