Category Archives: Legal Issues


6 ways to avoid problems with your German phone contract

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In her twenty years with U.S. Army legal teams, German attorney Mechthild Benkert says the most frequent issue troubling her DoD clients has not changed. It’s German phone contracts, she says without hesitation.   “I think people automatically assume things are the same in Germany as in…

August 18th, 2016 Legal Issues

You’re the subject of a FLIPL…Now what?

  By Jestyne Martin, Legal Intern at Seventh Army JMTC Office of the Staff Judge Advocate   A FLIPL is a Financial Liability Investigation of Property Loss, as outlined in Army Regulation 735–5 on Property Accountability Policies.   If government property is lost, damaged or destroyed (LDD), a FLIPL will…

July 19th, 2016 Legal Issues

Carry a passport when traveling outside the country

  U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs news release   U.S. Army Europe Office of the Provost Marshal officials want to remind members of the American forces community in Europe to carry their passports when traveling to countries to which they are not assigned.   A common misconception is that European…

July 13th, 2016 Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News, Safety & Security Bytes

Claims tip: File your notice of loss or damage within 75 days

7th Army JMTC Legal Office news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Now that you’ve PCS-ed here and your household goods have likely arrived, you must provide notice of loss or damage to the moving company, also known as the Transportation Service Provider, or TSP, within 75 days of delivery.  …

June 20th, 2016 Legal Issues

Top 10 things to know about German cell phone contracts

  7th Army JMTC Legal Office news release   1. A German cell phone contract is a legal contract.   2. How long does my contract last? Most German cell phone contracts are for a period of 24 months. Then, most of them automatically renew themselves for 12 months or…

May 17th, 2016 Legal Issues

‘Not Guilty’ at Grafenwoehr Elementary School

  By Destini Haith and Gabby Wilson, Grafenwoehr Elementary School fifth-grade students (with assistance from Dr. Hunter)   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — On Monday, May 2, fifth-grade students from Grafenwoehr Elementary School traveled to Vilseck Rose Barracks to conduct a mock trial, called People v. Woody.   The Mock Trial was…

May 12th, 2016 Legal Issues, School News

Request legal assistance appointment online in Bavaria

Brought to you by the Seventh Army JMTC Office of the Staff Judge Advocate   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Seventh Army Joint Multinational Training Command, or JMTC, Legal Assistance Offices in Bavaria are now taking requests for appointments online.   Service members and their families can request an appointment from any…

April 25th, 2016 Legal Issues

Understanding what Regional Contracting Office Bavaria can do for you

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The role of the contracting office here is to connect contractors and vendors with the U.S. Army to help support and meet the mission and objectives of the U.S. Army.   The 928th Contracting Battalion is the Regional Contracting Office that assists U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria and…

April 18th, 2016 Legal Issues, News

Estate planning for Soldiers and families in Germany

By Capt. Clyde Kilgore, 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command   In the event of a Soldier or family member death, courts may apply German Law, the law of a U.S. jurisdiction or a mixture of both, depending on the circumstances. Soldiers are encouraged to visit the Legal Assistance Office…

April 17th, 2016 Legal Issues

Legal office: Issues to consider during tax season

By Capt. Jennifer Bryer, 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It is time to pay the piper: U.S. federal taxes for 2015 are due April 18, 2016 (an exception to the normal due date of April 15 because of the Emancipation Day holiday in Washington D.C.).…

March 23rd, 2016 Legal Issues