The Ellsworth Air Force Base Law Center is located at 1000 Ellsworth Street, Suite 2700 in Building 2500 (Rushmore Center). Our mission is to provide quality legal services and training to preserve the good order, discipline, and morale of our combat and support forces.
The Law Center provides professional legal support and advice to command and other staff agencies on a variety of issues, including military justice, contracts, labor, environmental and operations law to name a few.
General Office Hours
Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri | 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed | 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Please call to schedule an appointment to have your will drafted and executed.
Will worksheets can be found here. Click on the Legal Worksheet section and follow the instructions. Please bring your ticket number.
Wills are executed immediately following an appointment.
The Ellsworth AFB claims office is no longer responsible for accepting and/or adjudicating household goods claims. The Air Force Claims Service Center (located near Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio) is now the focal point for this matter and is responsible for accepting and adjudicating all household goods claims. For instructions on how to file a claim with the Air Force Claims Service Center, please call 1-877-754-1212. The Claims Service Center is open 24 hours, 7 days a week to answer your questions and concerns.
Upon delivery of your household goods and noting any damaged or missing items, ensure you submit the DD Form 1840/1840R to the carrier within 70 days after your items were delivered. You may submit this form via mail or fax directly to the carrier listed in block 9 of the form. Or you can submit the form electronically via the Claims Service Center's website listed above. Once that is accomplished, you have nine months to file a claim with the carrier. You also still have the option to file a claim with the Air Force Claims Service Center within two years if you miss the nine month window for filing with the carrier. Please note that submitting the DD Form 1840/1840R does not constitute filing your claim but is only a preliminary step in the claim process.
You may contact the Ellsworth AFB claims office regarding this information or any other claims question at (605) 385-4901 or DSN 675-4901.
Notary and Power of Attorney
Notary services and Powers of Attorney are provided on a walk-in basis at the times listed above. No appointment is necessary.
Online Legal Assistance
The Air Force JAG Corps unveiled the new Air Force Legal Assistance Website worldwide on 1 Feb 10. The website is designed for active duty and reserve component members, retirees, and dependents. The website was created to increase efficiency and track client satisfaction with the Air Force legal assistance program. Because it is a public site, clients may access the site's features from the comfort of their homes without a CAC card. Please visit the website here.
Walk-in Legal Assistance
Base legal office attorneys cannot discuss criminal law issues with clients nor provide legal advice of any sort over the phone. All personnel eligible for services at the legal office must come in personally to speak with an attorney if they seek legal advice. Most matters for which personnel seek guidance, with the exception of will drafting or will executions, can be dealt with during our walk-in hours.
Personnel who cannot make it to the legal office during walk-in hours, or need a will drafted and/or executed must call the legal office at the numbers to the left.
The Legal Office provides legal advice and assistance on personal, civil matters to military members, retirees and dependent family members. Some of the topics include, but are not limited to: wills, powers of attorney, notaries, landlord-tenant and lease issues, domestic relations issues, consumer issues and tax assistance.
Looking for information about Consumer Protection Laws, Identity Theft, Buying a Car, or Renting a Home? Review the Consumer Handbook published by the South Dakota Office of the Attorney General.
The Ellsworth Legal Office offers free tax preparation under the Internal Revenue Service VITA program for active duty military and their families. Please call or visit the legal office to schedule an appointment.
Please complete the VITA Intake form prior to your appointment.
Visit the self-service kiosk located at the entrance to the Legal Office for basic tax information and forms.
AARP located in the Rushmore Mall is offering Volunteer Tax Assistance for military members Wednesday and Thursday from 1PM to 4PM & Friday and Saturday from 9AM to 12 Noon. Call AARP at 605-394-7798 to schedule an appointment. Military OneSource offers free tax filing and assistance for military members.