New resource for servicemembers and their families: ABA Home Front
Earlier this month, the ABA launched ABA Home Front, a collection of legal resources for servicemembers and their families, and information for lawyers who want to help serve them.
The ABA portal complements other association online resources for members of the military and veterans. It includes a directory of programs providing legal services to military families, and features information about the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, which provides legal protections for active-duty military and their families.
“At any time, someone can access basic advice on the legal issue they’re dealing with—whether it’s a family law matter, tax question or problem with a creditor,” said ABA President Stephen N. Zack on the new ABA online resource.
The site is also a resource for lawyers who are interested in providing pro bono representation for military members or in providing lawyer-to-lawyer consultation with military legal assistance attorneys.
“Being in the military is a 24/7 commitment that takes its members and their families across the country, and around the world,” said ABA President Stephen N. Zack. “That’s where the online legal center comes in. At any time, someone can access basic advice on the legal issue they’re dealing with — whether it’s a family law matter, tax question or problem with a creditor.”
ABA Home Front will be expanded to include additional information about landlord-tenant disputes, health law, immigration, contracts and leases, and employment law. “The center offers information on hundreds of legal topics. We will continue to grow it in response to what servicemembers tell us they need,” said Zack.
Access to legal services is one of the ABA’s legislative and governmental priorities for the year; it includes strengthening legal protections and access to legal assistance for active-duty military, their families and veterans.
A representative of the ABA Governmental Affairs Office also briefed congressional staff of the Congressional Military Family Caucus to inform them of the new resource.
Unveiling of ABA Home Front followed the Obama administration’s release in January of a government-wide review to bring together the federal government’s resources, identify new opportunities across the public and private sectors, and lay the foundation for a coordinated approach to supporting military families. The review led to the administration’s Joining Forces national initiative.
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