Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington (RLSO NDW)

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Mission

RLSO NDW and its branch offices are organized into departments and divisions that provide services in the functional areas of trial counsel, command services / administrative law, court reporting, ethics counseling, command administration and legal assistance.

RLSO NDW provides military justice and command services legal advice to area commands. Military justice advice includes matters that are prosecutorial in nature (i.e., related to the prosecution of a member of your command at court-martial). Command services advice encompasses any other legal issue confronting a command or unit that does not involve the prosecution of a member of the command. In essence, RLSO NDW serves as the law firm representing the command.

RLSO NDW also provides legal assistance services to active duty Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force and Coast Guard service members and their dependents, reservists on active duty for 30 days or more, and retirees, as resources permit.

Area of Responsibility

RLSO NDW's area of responsibility includes Maryland, Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia.

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.

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. Also, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more information on our services.

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.

Forms

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

Divorce Seminar

RLSO NDW offers a weekly seminar to servicemembers, dependents and retirees on divorce and separation in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.  The seminar provides legal information on the process of obtaining a divorce and discusses common legal issues that may arise, such as child support, child custody and spousal support.  It includes a video followed by Q&A. 

The Divorce Seminar occurs weekly at 1300, Thursdays, at RLSO NDW HQ, Bldg. 200, Washington Navy Yard.  The duration is approximately one hour.  No RSVP is required.

RLSO NAVAL DISTRICT WASHINGTON HQ

Mailing Address:
1250 10th Street SE, Suite 1600,
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5160
Phone Numbers:
Comm: (202) 685-5569
Fax:     (202) 685-7714
Email:   RLSO.NDW@navy.mil
Legal Assistance Hours:
***The office will be closed in the morning on Fri. 11 Aug. and open at 1200. ***
M, W, Th, F: 0800-1500*
Tu: 1200-1500
*Closed every 1st and 3rd Friday for training and command events
**Powers of Attorney and Notary Services are provided on a walk-in basis. To schedule an appointment with an attorney for all other services, please call (202) 685-5569.

The Counselor

The Counselor is published by the Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington and covers legal issues of interest to its clients.

Branch Offices & Detachments

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, DC
Legal Assistance
Mailing Address:
20 MacDill Blvd.
Bldg. P20, Room 349
Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, DC 20032
Phone Numbers:
Comm: (202) 767-5297
DSN: 297-7588
Fax: (202) 767-1472
Staff Judge Advocate
Mailing Address:
20 MacDill Blvd.
Bldg. P20, Room 325
Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, DC 20032
Phone Numbers:
Comm: (202) 767-1767
DSN: 297-1767
Fax: (202) 404-6763
Hours:
***The office will be closed in the morning on Fri. 11 Aug. and open at 1230.***
M, W, Th, F: 0800-1130, 1230-1500*
Tu: 1230-1500
* Closed every 1st and 3rd Friday for training and command events.
**Powers of Attorney and Notary Services are provided on a walk-in basis. To schedule an appointment with an attorney for all other services, please call (202) 767-5297.
U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
Mailing Address:
USNA Staff Judge Advocate's Office
Larson Hall, Room 308
Legal Assistance
Attorney appointments may be provided in person at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling or Washington Navy Yard offices. Telephonic appointments may be scheduled by calling (202) 767-7588.
Powers of Attorney and Notary services are provided in Larson Hall, Room 308 on a walk-in basis, 0800-1600 Monday to Friday. Please call (410) 293-1564 first to ensure availability.
Powers of Attorney for Midshipmen and eligible USNA Staff/Faculty may also be obtained at Bancroft hall, Room 8002, (41) 293-7602.
Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, MD
Mailing Address:
22268 Cedar Point Rd.
Bldg. 409, Suite 221
Patuxent River, MD 20670-1154
Phone Numbers:
Comm: (301) 342-7510 / 1041
DSN: 342-7510
Fax: (301) 342-1044
Legal Assistance
Powers of Attorney and Notary services are provided on a walk-in basis, 0800-1100 and 1300-1500 on Mondays.
Appointments with our attorneys may be scheduled by calling (301) 342-7510.
Pentagon
Mailing Address:
2201 Army Pentagon
Room 5B1058A
Washington , DC 20310
Phone Numbers:
Comm: (703) 571-3114
DSN: 671-3114
Fax: (703) 571-3113
Legal Assistance
Powers of Attorney and Notary Services are provided on a walk-in basis from 0800 to 1500 Monday through Friday.
Appointments with our attorneys may be scheduled by calling (703) 571-3114.
Additional Legal Assistance Location
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Mailing Address:
8901 Rockville Pike
Bldg 1, 7th Floor, Rm 7154
Bethesda, Maryland 20889-5000
Phone Numbers:
Comm: (301) 295-6052
DSN: 295-6052
Fax: (301) 295-5712
Hours:
0800 – 1500
Monday – Friday
Appointments:
Please call for appointments
Walk-in hours for Powers of Attorneys and Notarizations:
0800 - 1145 and 1300 - 1500