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Welcome to Aviano Air Base Legal Office
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Walk-in services for Power of Attorneys and Notaries are available. The
legal office offers appointments on variety of topics to include, but not
limited to the following examples:
Wills [Must complete the Will worksheet]
Advance medical directives and health care powers of attorney [POA]
Debt collection/credit reporting problems
Service Members Civil Relief Act (SCRA)
Separation and divorce counseling
Landlord and Tenant issues
Family law matters
Please call DSN 632-8901/7843 or COMM 043430-8901/7843
Mon - Fri, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
FOR ANY LEGAL ASSISTANCE EMERGENICES SUCH AS DEPLOYMENTS, CONTACT YOUR FIRST SERGEANT.
Airmen Cannot Ignore Italian Traffic Tickets
In Italy, similar to the States, there are a number of reasons why you may have been issued a traffic ticket. However, in Italy there are serious consequences if you fail to pay your traffic ticket within the required time frame. Bottom line, when you receive a traffic ticket in Italy, you must take action. The Aviano Legal Office can assist you in either paying or contesting your ticket within the required time frame. After being issued a ticket, contact the Aviano Legal Office and provide your name, number, and time frame. The Aviano Legal Office will do its best to accommodate you and your deadline. Please read below for more detailed information on traffic tickets.
Are you legally prepared for deployment?
The operations tempo in USAFE is high. If you do not have your legal affairs in order, now is a good time to do so. Don't wait until the last minute. The 31st FW/JA is here to help make this a less stressful time and an easy transition as you deploy. Please click on the link for deployers, fill out POAs for single or married deployers, bring to the legal office for a notary, and you will be ready to hit the ground running!
Almost all Airmen should have a will, which allows them to direct disposition of property, name guardians for minor children, and appoint individuals to handle their estates. Many Airmen choose to have living wills and durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care, which permit them to express their desires and appoint family members to make medical decisions if they become incapacitated. Special Powers of Attorney allow Airmen to appoint agents to conduct various transactions on their behalf in their absence. Durable Special Powers of Attorney, on the other hand, remain in effect even if the member becomes incapacitated. This is distinguished from Springing Special Powers of Attorney which only become in effect upon the member's incapacitation. If you think you need any of these documents, a legal assistance attorney will advise you on your options.
Disclaimer: This website is intended to provide only broad general legal guidelines for life in Italy. If you have any questions or would like clarification regarding any information herein, please contact the legal office.
Household Goods Claims
There are two systems under which HHG claims may be processed: Full Replacement Value (FRV) or the web-based Defense Personal Property System (DPS).
FRV is available for most shipments after Oct/Nov 2007.
The carrier must be notified (DD Form 1840) of any loss/damage at the time of delivery or within 180 days from the delivery day. The claimant can file notice of loss/damage online within 180 days from the day of delivery at https://claims.jag.af.mil/legalassistance/. The Air Force Claims Service Center (AFCSC) will forward the notice to the carrier. The legal office can help set up an account (must first login using a government computer). Deadlines are from date of delivery of goods.
Under FRV, you must file the claim (not just the notice), within 9 months to get full replacement value. Full replacement does not mean all new items. The carrier can replace, pay full value, or repair damaged items. Do not get estimates unless asked. If you file the claim beyond the 9 month time period, but before the two year statute of limitations expires, you may receive only depreciated replacement costs. The AFCSC handles FRV disputes and depreciation claims.
The DPS is a cradle to grave web-based moving system. If you began your move in DPS, you will complete your claim in that system as well. Just go to http://www.move.mil, click on "Access DPS" and look for the "Claim" tab at the top center of the page. If the claimant moved with the DPS system, file the loss/damage online within 75 days (takes the place of DD Form 1840R).
If your POV is damaged during your PCS, note the damage on the back of the VISF form. Damages of up to $500 can be settled at the time of pick up - you DO NOT have to accept the amount offered. Make sure Transcar signs the VISF Form, even if they disagree with the damage claim. Damage found later should be noted with a dated and signed statement to Transcar, then to the claims section ASAP. Settlement of damages of up to $1,000 is authorized.
Status of Forces Agreement -- SOFA
The SOFA is the legal agreement between the U.S. and Italy that defines our relationship while we have a base here. Under the SOFA, active duty members and their dependants are subject to Italian criminal law consequences including jail and substantial fines. Military members are still subject to the UCMJ. Dependents and civilians are subject to U.S. federal criminal law under the MEJA.
To electronically send the Aviano Legal Office your wills and Power of Attorney forms, send an email to the address below with the completed form attached. Blank forms can be found in the right column of the webpage.