Netherlands Law Center

The Netherlands Law Center is one of five law centers falling under the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. 

As the only law center in the Netherlands, our mission is to provide timely and accurate legal services to USAG Benelux-Schinnen and all eligible clients residing in the Tri-Border region.  Because of our diverse staff’s qualifications in Netherlands law, we also provide the unique service of legal assistance concerning Dutch legal matters.  If you have any questions about our services or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact us at the numbers below

 

Disclaimer: The information contained in this site is meant to inform military members on personal legal affairs and preventative law.  Use this site as part of your personal legal preparedness.  The information here is not legal advice.  Please contact our office to see an attorney for legal advice based on your specific matters.

The Netherlands Law Center provides free, confidential legal services and advice to eligible clients in the following general areas of law (Dutch and U.S.):

Walk-in Services

Notarizations - A notary acts as an official, unbiased witness to the identity and signature of individuals who appear before the notary for some specific purpose, such as taking an oath or affirmation, or signing a legal document (see AR 27-55).  Such authority does not include certification of language translation. For notary services, bring the unsigned document and an official form of photo identification (e.g. military ID or passport).
Certified Copies - our office will provide certified copies of original documents ONLY where the copies are going to a specific federal government or military administrative purpose (e.g. Social Security Application, Finance, US State Department forms).
Powers of Attorney (POA) – to include both general and special POAs, Health Care POAs, and completion of IRS POAs (see IRS Form 2848).
Translations - when required by the military for personnel administration or official use, to include birth certificates, wills (when connected with a death), marriage certificates, extracts of divorce decrees, death certificates, adoption decrees, change of name decrees, and apostilles.

Attorney Referrals

Appointment Services

Family Law - marriage, annulment, legal separation, divorce, financial nonsupport, child custody and visitation, and paternity cases. 
Estates - wills, testamentary trusts for the benefit of minors, guardianships, and the designation of beneficiaries under life insurance policies (including the Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI). Legal assistance will also be provided on preparing Advance Medical Directives (AMDs) and anatomical gift designations. 
Real Property - for lease issues and disputes involving a client's principal residence, including the termination of pre-service leases under the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act (SCRA). 
Personal Property - all legal matters relating to the purchase of property, including, but not limited to, contracts, chattel mortgages, security agreements, warranties, cancellations, and other consumer affairs matters. 

  • Economic - for debtors on disputes over lending agreements, and for those requiring help on bankruptcy, garnishment orders, involuntary allotment applications for judgment indebtedness, debt, banking, credit card, property insurance problems, and non-government claims (including Article 139 claims). Legal assistance will also be provided on limiting interest on pre-service obligations (including mortgages) under the SCRA. Legal assistance will be provided to those seeking reemployment under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) and comparable State statutes subject to instructions listed in AR 27-3. 
    Military Administrative - line of duty investigations, reports of survey, officer evaluation reports (OERs), noncommissioned officer evaluation reports (NCOERs), relief for cause reviews, memoranda of reprimand, Article 138, UCMJ complaints, Inspector General Investigations of military personnel, 15-6 Investigations, officer unqualified resignations by reason of pregnancy, and resignations in lieu of discharge because of failure to meet statutory or regulatory requirements, compassionate reassignments, and correction of military records.

    Military Administrative

Claims

Our claims office is available to assist you with filing Household Goods (HHG), POV, and other claims.  We highly recommend that PCSing personnel stop by our claims office and discuss any questions that they have.  The claims office may be reached directly at the number listed above.

Tax Center

Each year, the Netherlands Law Center offers free tax preparation services for the community.  As a general rule, the tax center opens each year in early February and runs until June 15. 

Tax customers seeking assistance should bring all the necessary documents with them to the law center, to include the following:  photo identification, Social Security cards, wage and earnings statements (W-2s), bank information, and prior returns. 

Please contact the front desk for more information on our tax services.