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Legal office hosts Retiree Appreciation Day

By Capt. Adrian Williford | 502nd Installation Support Group Judge Advocate Office | Nov. 16, 2017

The 502nd Installation Support Group Legal Office is scheduled to host Retiree Appreciation Day Dec. 4 at 1701 Kenly Avenue, building 2484, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, from 8:30 a.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. Adrian Williford, 502nd ISG attorney.

“Usually, obtaining these documents requires an appointment; however, there is no appointment required Dec. 4 for retirees or their dependents,” Williford said. "There will also be light snacks provided during your visit."

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. 4 is reserved exclusively for retirees to complete estate planning documents.

“Pre-planning for death and/or disability can be a large benefit to you and your family,” Williford said. “Having estate planning documents can provide you peace of mind and save your family members time, 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.

To help expedite the process, members are asked to complete an estate planning worksheet prior to the Retiree Appreciation Day. The worksheet can be accessed by visiting the Air Force legal assistance website at  https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil/ and clicking the “Legal Worksheets” tab at the top of the screen to download the document. If you are unable to access the site, worksheets will be provided when you come in at the legal office.

For questions about this event and any legal matters, contact the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Legal Assistance Office at 671-3362.