Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Arizona Legal Assistance to Military Personnel (LAMP)

The legal community in Arizona provides legal assistance to servicemembers, veterans and their families in a variety of ways.

For the Warrior Community

Active duty service members may wish to go first to Armed Forces Legal Assistance's online database to "locate active duty legal activities offering general legal services within the continental United States". A query for the state of Arizona is here

I have not found any other resources specifically dedicated to the warrior community, but I'm still looking. If you find something, please let me know!

General-Purpose Resources

Servicemembers, veterans and their families are of course eligible to use the same resources as anyone else.Arizona Law Help is a good, general-purpose place to start looking for law help in Arizona. Notice the topic-by-topic index on the left side of the website, and the county-by-county search box on the right.

Private Practice Attorneys

Typically, a lawyer in private practice will listen to your situation for 15 or 20 minutes, then give you an idea about how to proceed, in general terms, without charging you anything. If the matter is something the lawyer can help you with, but must charge for, sometimes you can work out a military-family discount, especially if you organize your question beforehand. The Findlaw website has a city-by-city list of lawyers interested in representing active-duty military personnel, military reservists, and veterans here.

Another way to find a lawyer is through the Maricopa County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service and the Arizona State Bar Lawyer Finder.

For Lawyers

When I first posted this note, I had not located an Arizona Bar Association Section or Committee in support of military personnel, but I now (2011) see the is a Military Assitance Committee .

It is likely that there are other Arizona programs, sponsored by local bar associations, law schools, and others. Anyone with more information on these or other programs are invited to contact me; the most convenient way is to add in a comment below. The purpose is service!

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