Second edition of legal guide available for Ohio military service members

​​​ A second edition of the Ohio Guide to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act has been released and published exclusively by the Ohio State Bar Association. The guide is 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 SCRA was completely recodified last year. The revised Guide incorporates new U.S. Code (USC) citations to the SCRA and also includes a table which cross-references new USC citations to the old ones.

“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 Steve Lynch 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.

An electronic version of the second edition can be found by visiting www.ohiobar.org/scraguide.

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