Sunday, June 22, 2008

Idaho Legal Assistance to Military Personnel (LAMP)

Military law (defined as "procedures for military discipline, what is or what is not a lawful command, and obligations for service personnel") is one area in which some lawyers on the Idaho State Bar Lawyer Referral Service have agreed to provide an initial half-hour office consultation for no more than $35.00.
The servicemember can search on the website for a lawyer as follows:
  • Go to the Online Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) page, and click on the "Military Law" link
  • The website gives you a submenuwhere you choose from several areas of law: Family Military, Grievances, Military Benefits, Veteran’s Benefits. Click on one.
  • This directs you to a list of geographic locations, e,g, Boise, Coeur d'Alene, Dalton Gardens. (NOTE: the list is NOT the same for each area of law.) Click on one.
  • The website gives you a list of the lawyers from the Idaho State Bar Online Lawyer Referral Service who meet the area of law and city you chose.
This self-service site could be very useful both to servicemembers seeking help, and to lawyers willing to give quick help, without committing further.

In addition, active duty service members may wish to check the Armed Forces Legal Assistance's nice online database to "locate active duty legal activities offering general legal services within the continental United States". A query for the state of Idaho is here

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