Fort Drum Legal Assistance Office

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HOURS OF OPERATION: • Mon, Tue, Wed, & Fri, 0830-1600 • Thu, 0830-1500 • Closed on Federal Holidays & DONSAs APPOINTMENTS: • Next day business day appointments are made by calling (315) 772-7545 at 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. • Powers of attorney, notarizations, and a variety of informational pamphlets are available on a walk-in basis. All other matters require an appointment. ELIGIBLE CLIENTS: • Active Component members of the Armed Forces and their Family Members. • Reserve Component members of the Armed Forces serving on active duty more than 29 days, and their Family Members. • Active and Reserve Component members of the Armed Forces who are receiving military retirement or disability pay ("gray" card retired Reserve Component members are not eligible for assistance). • Department of Defense civilian employees against whom pecuniary liability has been recommended under AR 735-5. • Department of Defense civilian employees who are to deploy to a combat zone, but only for matters related to their imminent deployment.

Mission: The mission of the legal assistance program is to assist those eligible for legal assistance by (1) meeting their needs for information on personal legal matters, and (2) resolving their personal legal problems whenever possible.

12/31/2019

Tax Tip: for any divorce judgment issued after December 31, 2018, alimony/maintenance payments made are no longer deductible by the payor former spouse, and alimony/maintenance payments received are no longer included as income by the recipient former spouse.

12/31/2019

Beginning January 1, 2020, the minimum wage in Northern New York is $11.80 per hour. The minimum wage for fast food industry workers is $13.75 per hour.

12/10/2019

The Legal Assistance Office will be closed on 20, 24, 25 & 31 Dec 2019 and 1 Jan 2020. During the Fort Drum half day schedule from 23 Dec 2019 through 3 Jan 2020, regular legal services remain available from 8:30 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. After noon, only limited services (powers of attorney, notarizations, etc.) will be available.

12/10/2019

Tax Tip: the 2019 federal standard deduction is $12,200 for single taxpayers and $24,400 for married taxpayers.

10/09/2019

Recent changes to New York General Obligations Law section 7-108 require that a landlord provide a tenant with an itemized statement indicating the basis for the amount of a security deposit retained, and to return any remaining portion of the deposit to the tenant, within 14 days after the tenant vacates the premises.

09/23/2019

New York Safe Storage Law. Starting September 28, 2019, any person who resides with a child under 16 years of age must secure all firearms in a safe storage depository. A safe storage depository is "a safe or other secure container which, when locked, is incapable of being opened without the key, combination or other unlocking mechanism." Violation of this law is a Class A misdemeanor. NY Penal Law section 265.45

08/23/2019

Effective June 14, 2019, a New York landlord may not charge more than $20 for a background/credit check. The landlord cannot collect the $20 fee unless the landlord gives you a copy of the background/credit check AND the invoice from the entity conducting the background/credit check.

06/14/2019

Until now, gravity knives had been banned in NY since 1958. A gravity knife is defined in the NY Penal Law as "any knife which has a blade which is released from the handle or sheath thereof by the force of gravity or the application of centrifugal force which, when released, is locked in place by means of a button, spring, lever or other device." On May 30, 2019, Governor Cuomo signed a bill lifting the ban on gravity knives (see NY Penal Law Article 265). NOTE, HOWEVER, THAT SWITCHBLADE KNIVES AND METAL KNUCKLE KNIVES ARE STILL UNLAWFUL.

02/13/2019
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Appointments are now available to use the Fort Drum self-assist income tax preparation kiosks. Prepare your own returns using the TaxSlayer income tax preparation software with our assistance (you must have an armed forces identification card to be eligible for assistance. Sorry, but we cannot assist you with business income). Don't pay an income tax preparation company when you can do it yourself for free! Call 315-772-5261 to schedule an appointment. For more information, to include the documents you must bring to the appointment, visit the Fort Drum Tax Assistance page at www.facebook.com/DrumTax/

01/22/2019

Please be advised that a significant change in the tax law as it relates to divorces is now in effect. For any divorce executed after December 31, 2018, maintenance (alimony) payments will no longer be deductible by the payor spouse, and will no longer be included as income by the recipient spouse.

01/13/2019

Tax Tip: IRS Forms 1040A and 1040-EZ are no longer available to file your 2018 taxes. If you used one of these forms in the past, you will now file the new Form 1040.

01/08/2019

Free income tax preparation assistance is coming soon! Significant changes to the tax laws and forms have been implemented by the IRS. Classoom training on how to prepare your own income tax return is scheduled to begin in Clark Hall on 29 January. Assistance will also be available through your Battalion Unit Tax Advisor. In addition, you will be able to schedule an appointment to prepare your income tax return, with our help, using our computer kiosk in the Legal Assistance Office. Stay tuned for more details during the coming weeks.

12/18/2018

During the Fort Drum half day schedule from 17 Dec 2018 through 4 Jan 2019, regular legal services remain available from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.. After noon, only limited services (powers of attorney, notariztaions, etc.) will be available. The office is closed on holidays and DONSAs.

12/13/2018

The Fort Drum Legal Assistance Office will be closed during the afternoon of Thursday, 13 December 2018. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

11/20/2018

It is unlawful in New York to possess a handgun unless you have a valid New York State license to carry that handgun. Licenses are obtained through the County Sheriff's Department. To be eligible for a handgun license, you must (1) be a New York resident; (2) be at least 21 years old; (3) have no prior felony or serious offense convictions; (4) be of good moral character; and (5) have a legally recognized reason for wanting to possess the handgun.

04/19/2018

Did you know there are 7 grounds for divorce in New York State? Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to file for divorce on the grounds of: (1) cruel and inhuman treatment, (2) abandonment for 1 or more years, (3) confinement in prison for 3 or more years, (4) adultery, (5) separation for 1 year pursuant to a court order, (6) separation for 1 year pursuant to a written agreement, and (7) irretrievable breakdown for at least 6 months. Call (315) 772-5261 at 1:00 p.m. Mon-Fri to schedule an appointment if you'd like more information.

04/17/2018

Today, April 17, 2018, is the last day to file your income tax return. Contact your Unit Tax Advisor immediately if you still need help.

On January 22, 2018, COL Dean Harrison (Garrison Commander) and COL Patrick Pflaum (Staff Judge Advocate) officiated ove...
01/23/2018

On January 22, 2018, COL Dean Harrison (Garrison Commander) and COL Patrick Pflaum (Staff Judge Advocate) officiated over the ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of the grand opening of the new Legal Assistance Office in Room A2-68 in Clark Hall.

01/21/2018

The deadline for filing your 2017 incomes taxes is April 17, 2018. The due date is April 17th instead of April 15th because of the Emacipation Day holiday in the District of Columbia.

Are you getting divorced in Jefferson County, NY?  Starting 24 January 2018, you can electronically file your divorce pl...
01/19/2018
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Are you getting divorced in Jefferson County, NY? Starting 24 January 2018, you can electronically file your divorce pleadings from your home by going to nycourts.gov/efile and follow their instructions. For more information about divorce in NY, call our Legal Assistance information line at 315-772-5261.

The official home page of the New York State Unified Court System. We hear more than three million cases a year involving almost every type of endeavor. We hear family matters, personal injury claims, commercial disputes, trust and estates issues, criminal cases, and landlord-tenant cases.

01/19/2018

Need help preparing your income tax returns? Starting 29 January 2018, your Battalion or Brigade Unit Tax Advisor will be available to assist you. Check with your chain of command or unit bulletin boards to find your UTA. If that does not work, call the Legal Assistance Office at 315-772-5261 and we will look up your UTA.

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01/07/2018

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01/04/2018

We are very pleased to announce our office renovations are complete and we are now operational in Room A2-68 in Clark Hall (Bldg P-10720).

01/03/2017

Starting on January 1, 2017, the minimum wage in Northern New York is $9.70 per hour. The minimum wage for fast food workers is $10.75 per hour.

05/02/2016

In 1958, President Eisenhower proclaimed May 1st as Law Day to honor the role of law in the creation of the United States of America. In 1961, Congress passed a joint resolution establishing May 1st as Law Day. The American Bar Association defines Law Day as a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process have contributed to the freedoms that all Americans share. This year the nation marks the 50th anniversary of perhaps the nation’s best-known U.S. Supreme Court case, Miranda v. Arizona. The 2016 Law Day theme — Miranda: More than Words — will explore the procedural protections afforded to all of us by the U.S. Constitution, how these rights are safeguarded by the courts, and why the preservation of these principles is essential to our liberty.

12/30/2014

Did you know the minimum wage in New York is increasing? Starting January 1, 2015, the minimum wage increases from $8.00 per hour to $8.75 per hour.

10/05/2014

VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT now have an attorney to represent their interests. Please call the Special Victim Counsel at 315-772-5261 if you are a victim of sexual abuse and need help.

Did you know you can get New York divorce forms free on the internet?  It's true - no need to pay a private company for ...
10/05/2014
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Did you know you can get New York divorce forms free on the internet? It's true - no need to pay a private company for the forms. Just go to www.nycourts.gov and bring the forms to the Legal Assistance Office if you need help completing them.

The official home page of the New York State Unified Court System. We hear more than three million cases a year involving almost every type of endeavor. We hear family matters, personal injury claims, commercial disputes, trust and estates issues, criminal cases, and landlord-tenant cases.

Address

Room A2-68, Clark Hall, Building P-10720, Mt Belvedere Blvd
Fort Drum, NY
13602-5100

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 16:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:00
Thursday 08:30 - 16:00
Friday 08:30 - 16:00

Telephone

(315) 772-5261

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