New legal guide available for Ohio military service members

Legal guide coverThe Ohio State Bar Association and the Ohio Judicial Conference (OJC) released a legal guide designed to assist the judiciary and other members of Ohio’s legal community in understanding federal law that protects military personnel and their families.

The guide provides an overview of the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The SCRA, passed in 2003, is a federal law that provides protections for military members as they enter active duty. It covers issues such as rental agreements, mortgages, civil judicial proceedings, life insurance, health insurance and income tax payments.

“The principal reason for having the SCRA is so that active duty service members are able to concentrate on serving their country overseas and not be worried about legal issues back home,” OSBA Military and Veterans Affairs Committee Chair and Ohio National Guard Col. Duncan Aukland said. “By distributing this guide, we hope to raise awareness in the legal community of the rights the federal law affords our military men and women, such as their right to terminate a lease when called to active duty.”

While written for the legal community, the guide is also a valuable resource for military service members, their families and the general public. The OJC will also be distributing copies to its members.

“The guide will be useful tool for our members,” OJC Chair Judge Jim D. James commented. “It will be a ready reference for the more than 700 trial court judges in Ohio to better assist service members and their families in legal matters that come before the court.”

OSBA President Judge Patrick F. Fischer added, “We are pleased to collaborate with the Ohio Judicial Conference to distribute this guide as part of a continuing effort to expand the resources available to legal practitioners and improve legal services to military personnel and their families.”

To access the guide, visit

 New military service legal guide



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