Special Power of Attorney
Bringing legal assistance to the fleet
Sailor readiness has always been a top priority for commands throughout the fleet. When gearing up for deployment or traveling overseas, most Sailors require legal assistance in the form of a special power of attorney.
A special power of attorney allows someone else to act on your behalf or exercise your rights. Multiple types of decisions can be made on your behalf such as financial decisions, healthcare decisions, pet care or declaring a guardian for your child.
The Navy has started the process of getting special power of attorney documents to the fleet, by giving Sailors, and their families, online access to the necessary forms needed, said Beran.
"Sailors, or those eligible for legal assistance, can go to the website and fill out the special powers of attorney," said Beran. "Then they can choose to have them notarized through either their ship services, their Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) or potentially use a notary out in town."