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The McConnell Law center provides free legal advice, document notarization, wills and powers-of-attorney to active-duty military, dependents and retirees.

For more information, call (316) 759-3590.

Hours of operation:

As of Jan. 1, 2015, legal assistance will be available by appointment only on Monday and Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon, and on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Walk in assistance is no longer available, except for powers of attorney or notary services. POAs and notary services are still available on a walk-in basis during all legal assistance hours.

Important notice regarding vRED
Federal law requires service members to designate a person authorized to direct disposition of their remains on DD Form 93, Record of Emergency Data. On the DD Form 93, service members may designate a spouse, a blood or adoptive relativ, or one who stands in loco parentis to the service member. Currently, 33 states recognize DD Form 93 as the authoritative document for use by service members in designating a PADD. The remaining 17 States (California, Connecticut, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont and Washington) do not recognize the DD Form 93 as a legally binding document.

DOD is currently working with these states to pass legislation recognizing all service members' PADD designation. In the meantime, the surest way service members can avoid any issues related to the disposition of remains is to have a current legal document, such as a will or an appointment of agent to control disposition of remains, setting out their desires in a way that mirrors DD Form 93. The State of Kansas does recognize the DD Form 93 as legally binding. However, the DD Form 93 may not be sufficient even for a service member assigned to a location in Kansas because there is no guarantee Kansas will be the place of the service member's death. Service members who frequent the states listed above, or whose permanent residency is in one of those states should carefully consider having a legal document prepared to ensure their wishes on DD Form 93 are honored.

To discuss this issue with a legal assistance attorney, or to have a legal document prepared , please call (316) 759-3590.

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