JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas —
The 502nd Installation Support Group Legal Office is scheduled to host Retiree Appreciation Day Dec. 12 at 1701 Kenly Ave, building 2484, from 8:30a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
During this time, retirees and their dependents can update the following documents: Last Will and Testament, General Power of Attorney, Special Power of Attorney, Medical Power of Attorney, Directive to Physicians and Disposition of Remains, according to Capt. Heather Slawson, 502nd ISG attorney.
“Usually, accessing these services require that you call and schedule an appointment at the legal office,” she said. “However, if you’re a retiree or a dependent of a retiree, you do not need an appointment to have your estate planning documents prepared Dec. 12. ”While retired members are able to access estate planning services during the week, it may be difficult to get an appointment because active duty service members take precedence.
To make the estate planning services easier to access, Dec. 12 is reserved exclusively for retirees to complete state planning documents.
“Pre-planning for death and/or disability can bea large benefit to you and your family,” Slawson said. “Having estate planning documents can provideyou peace of mind and save your family memberstime, stress and money. Without estate planning documents, your family members will have to guess how you want your estate to be handled. Additionally, they may incur thousands of dollars in legal fees that could have been avoided by advanced planning.”
The 502nd ISG Legal Office encourages retirees and active duty and reserve component members to ensure their documents are in order, should anything unforeseen happen to help their surviving family members easily carry out their last wishes and avoid added stress, Slawson said.
“If you become incapacitated without a medicaldirective or general power of attorney, your familymay need to hire an attorney to initiate a guardianship proceeding on your behalf that must be monitored by the court indefinitely,” she said. “Because you are still a part of the military family, we highly encourage our retirees to come to our office Dec. 12 and get those documents in order.”
Members can access some of the documentsthat will help expedite the process by visiting theAir Force legal assistance website at https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil/ and clicking the “LegalWorksheets” tab at the top of the screen. If one cannot access the site, worksheets will be provided atthe legal office. For questions about this event and legal matters, contact the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Legal Assistance Office at 671-3362