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    ? About Legal Assistance

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    I need to retain a lawyer soon because I have to file bankruptcy. All of my significant debt is joint debt with my ex husband. I was wondering if it would be a bad idea to ask for legal assistance through the base-if that would look bad for my husband? Is that even something I could get help with on base? Any advice? Thank you.


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    It is my understanding that they will not help you through base legal. They might point you in the right direction to someone who will, but they will not represent you.


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    unfortunately they cannot assist you. you will need to hire a civilian attorney.
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    I also dount they COULD help you. Bankruptcy is a very specialized and complicated area of federal law. There is also substantial liability to an attorney. So unless it is something they regularly practice in, they would give you the same advice as above. Get a civilian bankruptcy attorney.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guynavywife View Post
    I also dount they COULD help you. Bankruptcy is a very specialized and complicated area of federal law. There is also substantial liability to an attorney. So unless it is something they regularly practice in, they would give you the same advice as above. Get a civilian bankruptcy attorney.
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    It is my understanding that they will not help you through base legal. They might point you in the right direction to someone who will, but they will not represent you.
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    unfortunately they cannot assist you. you will need to hire a civilian attorney.
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    I would try to find a legal aid office that is near you. I was able to obtain help with my bankruptcy that way. I basically just went to a class and they helped me fill out all the forms right there. They told me everything I had to do and I was able to do it on my own just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grosie View Post
    I would try to find a legal aid office that is near you. I was able to obtain help with my bankruptcy that way. I basically just went to a class and they helped me fill out all the forms right there. They told me everything I had to do and I was able to do it on my own just fine.
    Good idea. Danik, try northwest justice project. Offices all over washington.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guynavywife View Post
    I also dount they COULD help you. Bankruptcy is a very specialized and complicated area of federal law. There is also substantial liability to an attorney. So unless it is something they regularly practice in, they would give you the same advice as above. Get a civilian bankruptcy attorney.
    I emailed a friend of mine who is an Air Force lawyer. She specializes in financial and federal tax law - and she just emailed me back essentially the same thing Guynavywife said. At most, she would help someone find a good civilian attorney to use. She's not allowed to do more than that due to liability.
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    If your husband holds a security clearance, he should inform his security manager/SSO about the fact that you are filing bankruptcy. Even though it's "your" debt, he should let them know what is going on. If he has a clearance and comes up for an update, they will pull your credit reports and see that you recently filed. Better to be upfront than let it be found out during the investigation.





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    Ok, thank you. So, if a spouse files, it can have an effect on a soldier's security clearance?


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