Lt. Col. Hall: We help Team Schriever stay mission-ready
By Lt. Col. Andrea Hall, 50th Space Wing Judge Advocate
/ Published November 12, 2019
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
I want to ensure our Airmen know what the 50th Space Wing legal office can do to help them. Our goal is to make sure they are focused on the mission and not worried about legal or personal matters. Kellie Lindemann, 50th SW legal assistant, offers some sound advice on legal documents.
Last will and testaments, living wills, advance medical directives, general powers of attorney
When I became a paralegal and mentioned these things to my grandfather years ago, he wanted nothing to do with them. He believed if he created these documents it meant he was going to die. My grandmother finally convinced him they really needed to have them to be prepared when the time came and either or both of them passed on. My grandmother has since passed and my Papa, who thought he would die if he completed those documents back in 2007, is still living and will be 98 soon. Having those documents made the logistics of my grandmother’s passing much easier for my Papa.
I also encouraged my parents and siblings to have wills and additional documents, which can be just as important as a last will and testament, created. When I lost my mother to dementia last year, having a power of attorney prepared before her mind started to deteriorate was a blessing. I have heard horror stories from families who struggled to get guardianship or the ability to do simple tasks for their parents when they can no longer manage things themselves. I was able to take care of things for my mother much easier because we had her documents prepared before we needed them.
As military members, we are tasked to deploy and leave our families or loved ones. During preparation for deployment, we are advised to have our will and additional legal documents prepared prior to departure. I stand behind that thought process, but why wait? The best time to think about what you may want to say in your will is when you aren’t worrying about an upcoming deployment and how your family is going to adjust while you are gone.
We never know what tomorrow will bring. Whether it’s a deployment or unexpected life change, being prepared is a good idea. Talk with your loved ones about your personal decisions and choices. There’s nothing harder than trying to figure out what a family member would have wanted when they can no longer tell you.
Thank you Lindemann for sharing your advice. We are here to help Airmen with their legal matters. Please call 567-5050 to schedule an appointment.
Legal Office Services, Hours
- Walk-in for powers of attorney: 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays
- Walk-in for non-criminal legal assistance (time to meet with attorneys): 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays
- Wills by appointment only: 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays