Military legal assistance for your will and estate plan should be used in addition to legal help in your home state. Not only did I serve active duty in the military, I help members of the armed forces and Veterans with their estate plans.
Thus, if you are in the military or about to be deployed, consider these issues when trying to decide to engage JAG or military legal assistance for your will.
When do you need military legal assistance for your will?
Yes, I believe military legal assistance for your will and estate plan needs is a necessity for every person in the armed forces.
On the other hand, every person in the armed forces should have an estate plan devoted to their belongings back home too. For example, a will and a power of attorney. Why? Because your loved ones need your help in case of your demise or you are unable to talk for yourself while or before being discharged from the military.
Why do military members need two estate plans?
A person needs an estate plan for every State or Country you keep stuff. If your car is located in Texas, but you have a Minnesota license plate, the rules governing your motor vehicle are going to be exclusive to Minnesota laws.
If you have a bank account at the Credit Union on your base for fort and also have a bank account in your hometown, your hometown bank will require your loved ones to follow Minnesota laws to access your financial documents.
If you have children and you want your parents to have the right to visit your children on your behalf, you need a parental guardian plan from Minnesota.
Yes, contact this law office if you are trying to engage JAG or military legal assistance for your will and estate plan. This is a necessity because a person in the armed forces likely will have two estate plans to accommodate their duty station and the State where they are from.
Advice from JAG and military legal assistance for your will
If JAG or the person you spoke to about military legal assistance for your will tells you their documents are enough to proceed on a deployment, they are right. In actuality, you do not need an estate plan to participate on a deployment.
On the other hand, a person who does not take time to create an estate plan before they are deployed is putting their stuff, property, bank records, health care, and care for their loved ones at risk of problems and undesired chaos.
Military legal assistance for your will and health care
Unfortunately, members of the armed forces face dangerous situations and can require medical treatment above and beyond bumps and bruises.
If you require medical attention and your family needs to seek health records on your behalf, consider seeking a health care directive (also called a living will) to support your wishes and desires in case you are not able to talk on your own behalf.
What if you live internationally?
Even if you live internationally, this law office has helped members of the armed forces with ties or connections to Minnesota. If you need help or advice, please contact this law office for help.