Region Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic (RLSO MIDLANT)

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Mission

RLSO Mid-Atlantic is a customer service organization that supports fleet operational readiness by providing high-quality legal services to commands and authorized personnel including Sailors and their families.

Area of Responsibility

RLSO Mid-Atlantic provides legal services in North Carolina, Virginia (except the Washington, D.C. area), West Virginia, Maryland (except the Washington, D.C. area), Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and the Northeastern Territories of Canada.

Appointment and Consultation Information

Legal assistance has a walk-in policy with the exception of retirees who will be seen ONLY on an appointment basis and only at Banch Office Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek - Fort Story. Active duty servicemembers and dependents are seen on a first-come, first-served basis, limited by attorney availability. Priority is given to active duty service members deploying within 30 days. Clients with emergency issues will be screened to determine if they require immediate legal assistance.

Clients must present two (2) forms of current ID at check-in for Wills, Notary Services & Powers of Attorney:

  • 1. Military, dependent, or retiree ID card, AND
  • 2. A state ID, driver's license, or passport

  • Will paperwork: For wills, each client MUST present a completed Standardized Will Worksheet at walk-in.

    Children (unless the child is the client or approved by exception in emergency cases), pets (unless service animals), and weapons (e.g., knives) are NOT permitted in attorney spaces.

    Commands with more than 20 service members needing wills may request that attorneys visit command spaces. To request a will visit on behalf of your command, please email RLSOMIDLANTwillrequests@navy.mil.

    RLSO Mid-Atlantic provides legal consultation and command services support primarily for Navy commands without their own assigned judge advocate or general counsel. Command clients can contact the closest installation staff judge advocate (SJA) or a command services provider from the Command Services Department at the headquarters in Norfolk or Detachment Groton. Contact phone numbers are listed for each command services office.

    Legal Services Provided

    Command Services

    Command Services provides advice in the following subject areas: Administrative Law, Admiralty, Administrative Separations and Processing, Disciplinary Options, Freedom of Expression and Grievances, Homeland Security, Interactions with Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies, Subpoenas, JAGMAN Investigations, Military Justice, Operational Law, Personnel Matters, Standards of Conduct and Government Ethics.

    RLSO Mid-Atlantic provides legal consultation and command services support primarily for Navy commands without their own assigned judge advocate or general counsel. Command clients can contact the closest installation staff judge advocate (SJA) or a command services provider from the Command Services Department at the headquarters in Norfolk or Detachment Groton. Contact phone numbers are listed for each command services office.

    Legal Assistance

    Legal assistance can include advice on topics such as consumer/financial affairs, disaster relief support and advice, family law, foreclosure advice and counseling, immigration, notary services, powers of attorney, landlord/tenant matters, Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act, small claims court matters, victim assistance, and wills/estate planning. Pre-deployment services are given priority. Please contact your local office to see how it can best meet your pre-deployment needs.

    Please fill out the Client Intake Form before your first appointment. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more information on our services. If you are visiting for estate planning or family law, we recommend that you watch the following instructional videos prepared by our staff:

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    Legal Assistance Topics

    Learn more about legal assistance topics that commonly affect military members such as consumer affairs, family law, wills, or powers of attorney. The information provided is for educational and general information purposes only. It is not legal advice. Speak with a licensed attorney before relying on the information contained within the website to make a decision or take any action.


    Special Powers of Attorney

    Legal assistance clients can now prepare and print their own Special Powers of Attorney by clicking on the link below. These powers of attorney can then be notarized by notary qualified officers at the servicemember's command, by a civilian notary, or by RLSO MIDLANT notaries at Norfolk Naval Base, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, or Naval Air Station Oceana. Clients intending to have RLSO MIDLANT notarize their Special Power of Attorney should generate the Special Power of Attorney for a civilian notary in Virginia.

    Forms

    Legal Assistance Intake Questionnaire
    Standardized Will Worksheet
    Power of Attorney Worksheet
    Notary Service Worksheet

    Legal Compass

    The Legal Compass is published by the Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) Mid-Atlantic and covers legal issues of interest to its clients.

    Legal Compass MAR 2018

    Legal Compass NOV 2017

    Legal Compass MAR 2017

    Legal Compass NOV 2016

    Legal Compass AUG 2016

    Legal Compass APR 2016

    Legal Compass JAN 2016

    Legal Compass OCT 2015

    Legal Compass JUL 2015

    Legal Compass APR 2015

    Legal Compass OCT 2014

    Legal Compass JUL 2014

    Legal Compass FEB 2014

    Legal Compass SEP 2013

    Legal Compass JUL 2013

    Legal Compass APR 2013

    RLSO MIDLANT HQ

    Mailing Address:
    9620 Maryland Ave., Ste 201
    Norfolk, VA 23511-2939
    Phone Numbers:
    Comm: 757-341-4470/4588
    DSN: 341-4470/4588
    Legal Assistance Department
    Emergency Walk-ins: 757-341-4489/DSN: 341-4489
    Directions:
    Legal Assistance and Trial Departments located in Bldg A-50 on Maryland Avenue onboard Naval Station Norfolk.  Command Services Department located in Bldg N-26 on Gilbert Street.
    Command Sponsor Coordinator
    In order to contact your Command Sponsor Coordinator, please email christian.l.colburn@navy.mil. Our Command Sponsor Coordinator will then link you with the appropriate departmental sponsor.
    Military Justice Act of 2016 Training
    Comm: 757-444-1266
    DSN: 564-1266

    Detachment & Branch Offices

    CHILDREN ARE NOT PERMITTED IN THE ATTORNEY SPACES.

    Branch Office Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek - Fort Story (JEBLCFS)
    Legal Assistance Office
    Mailing Address:
    1168 Gator Blvd.
    Bldg. 3370
    Virginia Beach, VA 23521
    Phone Numbers:
    Comm: (757) 462-4759
    DSN: 253-4759

    Hours:
    Monday-Thursday 0900-1145 and 1300-1530 for POA, notary services, and attorney services

    Appointments for retirees are available on Mondays after 1000

    For hours, walk-ins, appointments, and directions
    Command Services Office/JEBLCFS SJA
    Mailing Address:
    2600 Tarawa Court, Suite 100,
    Virginia Beach, VA 23459
    Phone Numbers:
    Comm: (757) 462-7224
    DSN: 253-7224
    Hours: 0800-1630; Monday-Friday
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    Branch Office Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana
    Command Services Office/NAS Oceana SJA
    Mailing Address:
    Naval Air Station Oceana
    1750 Tomcat Blvd
    Virginia Beach, VA 23460-2191
    Phone Numbers:
    Comm: (757) 433-2946
    DSN: 433-2946
    Hours: 0800-1630; Monday-Friday
     
    HQ Norfolk Legal Assistance Department
    Mailing Address:
    9620 Maryland Ave., Ste 201
    Norfolk, VA 23511-2939
     
    Emergency Walk-ins:
    757-341-4489/DSN: 341-4489

    Hours:
    Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 0745-1145, 1300-1530 Wednesday: 0900-1145, 1300-1530 Friday: 0900-1200 for POA and notary services, 1030-1200 for attorney services
    For hours, walk-ins, appointments, and directions

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    HQ Norfolk Command Services Department
    Comm: (757) 444-1266
    DSN: 564-1266
    Hours: 0800-1630; Monday-Friday
    HQ Norfolk Trial Department
    Comm: (757) 341-4516
    DSN: 341-4516
    Hours: 0800-1630; Monday-Friday
    Naval Station Norfolk SJA
    Comm: (757) 444-7371
    DSN: 564-7371
    Hours: 0800-1630; Monday-Friday
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    Branch Office Naval Weapons Station (NWS) Earle
    Legal Assistance Office
    Mailing Address:
    Naval Weapons Station
    201 Highway 34 South
    Coltsneck, NJ 07722-5016
    Phone Numbers:
    Comm: (732) 866-2066
    DSN: 449-2066
    Hours:
    0800–1530; Monday – Friday
    Appointments:
    Please call for appointments and walk-in hours.
    Command Services Office/NWS Earle SJA
    Mailing Address
    Naval Weapons Station,
    201 Highway 34 South
    Coltsneck, NJ 07722-5016
    Phone Numbers:
    Comm: (732) 866-2117
    DSN: 449-2117
    Hours: 0800-1630; Monday-Friday
    Detachment Groton, Naval Submarine Base
    New London (SUBASE NLON)
    Legal Assistance Office
    Mailing Address:
    Naval Submarine Base New London, Box 46
    Groton, CT 06349-5046
    Phone Numbers:
    Comm: (860) 694-3741
    DSN: 694-3741
    Hours:
    0800-1630; Monday-Friday
    Appointments:
    Please call for appointments and walk-in hours.
    Command Services Offices
    Mailing Address:
    Naval Submarine Base New London, Box 46
    Groton, CT 06349-5046
    Phone Numbers:
    Command Services Department
    Comm: (860) 694-3741
    DSN: 694-3741
    SUBASE NLON SJA
    Comm: (860) 694-3484
    DSN: 694-3484
    Hours: 0800-1630; Monday-Friday
    Branch Office Naval Station (NAVSTA) Newport
    Legal Assistance Office
    Mailing Address:
    360 Elliot St.
    Newport, RI 02841
    Phone Numbers:
    Comm: (401) 841-3766
    DSN: 841-3766
    Hours: 0800-1630; Monday-Friday
    Appointments:
    Please call for appointments and walk-in hours.
    Command Services Office/NAVSTA Newport SJA
    Mailing Address:
    690 Peary Street
    Newport, RI 02841
    Phone Numbers:
    Comm: (401) 841-2609
    DSN: 841-2609
    Hours: 0800-1630; Monday-Friday