Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) Southwest

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Mission

RLSO SW supports the operational readiness of Department of the Navy Commands and Sailors in the Southwestern United States by providing responsive, timely and accurate legal guidance, support services and training in the areas of military justice, administrative law and legal assistance.

Area of Responsibility

California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.

Legal Assistance Services Provided

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, Service members' 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.

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.

Limitations on Services

Due to regulations, we are NOT able to provide legal assistance in the following areas:

  • Administrative Separation Boards / Other Tribunals
  • Businesses (personal businesses)
  • Claims versus the U.S. Government
  • Criminal
  • Employment (except for Reservists / USERRA)
  • Third-Party Advice (advice for someone else)
  • Services for anyone already represented by an attorney unless that attorney gives written consent.
  • Pre-Deployment Command Will Visits

    Commands preparing for deployment may request a Will Visit Day when members from the command can have wills prepared at our office rather than having to make individual appointments. Will Visits should normally be scheduled at least 4 weeks in advance of the preferred date. For more information or to request a Will Visit Day, please complete the Will Visit Request Form and return it to RLSO_SW_Will_Day@navy.mil.

    Attorney Appointments

    All attorney services require an appointment. Please call (619) 556-2211 between Monday – Thursday from 0800-1130 and 1300-1500 and Fridays from 0900-1100 and leave a message to schedule an appointment to speak with an attorney. Calls will be returned within one business day. Appointments can also be made by coming in person during normal business hours. Same-day walk-in clients may be seen on a case-by-case basis in emergency situations.

    Please fill out the Client Intake Form before your appointment.

    Attorney-Client Relationship with Walk-in Clients

    Before an attorney-client relationship can be established, you will be required to provide the full name of the person, company or agency with which you are having any issues or problems, and you must bring all documents with you if you have entered in a contract with such person, agency or company. If you are visiting the attorney to discuss existing court orders, you must bring a copy of those orders for review.

    Walk-in Services

    All attorney services require an appointment, except on a case-by-case emergency basis. However, the following services are offered without an appointment.

    Powers of Attorney and Notary Services

    For power-of-attorney and notary services, walk-in hours are:

  • Monday from 0800-1100 and 1300-1500
  • Tuesday – Thursday from 0845-1100 and 1245-1500
  • Fridays from 0900-1100
  • The office is CLOSED the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month.
  • All customers must present two forms of identification:

    1. Valid military identification card

    2. Valid state-issued drivers license, state-issued identification card, or valid United States Passport.

    Divorce Seminar

    Eligible clients who would like more information on the divorce process or assistance completing the paperwork for divorce may attend the 3-part divorce seminar. Each part must be taken in sequential order; however, it is not necessary to attend each part in the same week.

    Doors open for all seminars at 1245—seminar begins at 1300.

  • Monday – PART I: General information (Video) and Q&A.
  • Tuesday – PART II: Initial Paperwork
  • Thursday – PART III: Service of Process and Financial Disclosures
  • Telephone Policy

    Members physically assigned outside of the immediate geographical area of San Diego (beyond Camp Pendleton to the north) may obtain advice on the same issues as walk-in-clients by calling the Legal Assistance Office at (619) 556-2211 or DSN 526-2211.

    Forms

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

    Command Services Eligibility

    RLSOs are dedicated to providing professional legal services and solutions in support of military justice and other legal issues involving Navy (and Marine Corps upon request) commands located within their area of operation, as well as other functions and tasks necessary in support of the mission and core capabilities of the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps. The highest priority will be given to fleet and operational units, particularly those deployed or preparing to deploy:

    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 Southwest HQ

    Mailing Address:
    3395 Sturtevant St., Suite 9
    San Diego, CA 92136
    Phone Numbers:
    Comm: (619) 556-0049
    DSN: 526-0049
    Fax: (619) 556-1674
    Hours:
    0730 – 1630
    Monday – Friday

    Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) Offices

    Commander, Navy Region Southwest SJA
    Mailing Address:
    Commander, Navy Region Southwest SJA (31530)
    San Diego, CA 92132
    Phone Numbers:
    Comm: (619) 532-1418
    DSN: 522-1418
    Fax: (619) 532-1426
    Hours:
    0730 – 1630;
    Monday – Friday
    Naval Base Coronado SJA
    Mailing Address:
    Naval Base Coronado SJA (31530)
    Box 357044
    San Diego, CA 92135
    Phone Numbers:
    Comm: (619) 545-8141
    Fax: (619) 545-8138
    Hours:
    0730 – 1630;
    Monday – Friday
    Attorney Hours (Appointment Only):
    Emergency walk-ins will be seen on a case by case basis only. Please call (619) 556-2211 to schedule an appointment to see an attorney for all three offices.
    Powers of Attorney / Notary Services:
    Wednesday 1300-1500
    Naval Base San Diego SJA
    Mailing Address:
    Naval Base San Diego SJA (31530)
    3395 Sturtevant St., Suite 9
    San Diego, CA 92136
    Phone Numbers:
    Comm: (619) 556-5533
    DSN: 526-5533
    Fax: (619) 556-1674
    Hours:
    0730 – 1630;
    Monday – Friday
    Naval Base Point Loma/Naval Air Facility El Centro SJA
    Mailing Address:
    Naval Base Point Loma/Naval Air Facility El Centro SJA (31530)
    140 Sylvester Rd.
    San Diego, CA 92106
    Phone Numbers:
    Comm: (619) 553-7190
    Fax: (619) 553-0202
    Hours:
    0730 – 1630;
    Monday – Friday

    Branch Offices & Detachments

    Branch Office Naval Air Station North Island
    Mailing Address:
    Box 357026 NAS North Island
    Bldg. 318
    San Diego, CA 92135-7026
    Phone Numbers:
    Comm: (619) 545-6437
    DSN: 735-6437
    Fax: (619) 545-6266
    Attorney Hours (Appointment Only):
    Emergency walk-ins will be seen on a case by case basis only. Please call (619) 545-6437 to schedule an appointment to see an attorney for all three offices.
    Powers of Attorney / Notary Services:
    Monday – Thursday, 0745 – 1100 & 1245 – 1445
    Divorce Seminar:
    Please contact the branch office directly for their weekly schedule.
    Directions:
    Enter through the Main Gate and take a right turn at the Circle of Flags (2nd light). Take a left at Saufley Road; Bldg. 318 will be on your right.
    Parking:
    Naval Base Coronado (North Island): across from Bldg. 318. Please note North Island location is not wheelchair accessible. Please visit our 32nd Street location instead.
    Branch Office Port Hueneme
    Mailing Address:
    2852 Harris St.,
    Bldg. 1180
    Port Hueneme, CA 93043-4405
    Phone Numbers:
    Comm: (805) 982-3124
    DSN: (501) 551-3124
    Fax: (805) 982-5811
    Attorney Hours:
    0930–1230;
    Monday & Wednesday
    Immigration Outreach Program
    On a quarterly basis. Contact Officer
    for current date.
    Powers of Attorney / Notary Services:
    0800 – 1600; Monday – Thursday
    0800 – 1100; Friday
    Will Review Seminar:
    0930; Thursday
    Will Execution Seminar:
    1400; Thursday
    Divorce Seminar:
    General Information: 1330, Tuesday
    2nd and 4th Tuesday at 1030
    Walk-in Basis
    Walk-in-hours are for clients seeking general adviceon issues such as captain's mast, Article 138 / 1150 complaints, BCNR petitions, etc.
    Directions:
    Enter through the Main Gate (SUNKIST) and make a left at second stop light. (Harris Street), Make left on 29th street and then left into large parking lot, bldg 1180 is located on left hand side entrance by tennis courts.
    Branch Office Lemoore
    Mailing Address:
    730 Enterprise Blvd., RM 302, Wing 3
    Lemoore, CA 93246-5015
    Phone Numbers:
    Comm: (559) 998-2800
    DSN: 949-2800
    Fax: (559) 998-2727
    Office Hours:
    0900 – 1200/1300 – 1600 Monday – Thursday
    0900 – 1200 Friday
    Attorney Hours:
    By appointment only; Emergency walk-ins will be seen on a case by case basis only. Please call (559) 998-2800 to schedule an appointment to see the Attorney.
    Powers of Attorney / Notary Services:
    0900 – 1200 & 1300 – 1600 Monday – Thursday
    0900 – 1200 Friday
    Parking:
    Parking spaces behind Bldg. 730.
    Branch Office Fallon
    Mailing Address:
    4755 Pasture Road, Bldg 350
    Fallon, NV 89406
    Phone Numbers:
    Comm: (775) 426-2711
    DSN: 890-2711
    Fax: (775) 426-3458
    Hours:
    Monday thru Thursday: 0800 – 1500
    Friday: 0900 – 1430
    Closed from 1200-1300 for lunch
    Hours exclude federal holidays and command functions
    Services Available:
    Power of Attorney - Walk-in
    Notary Services - Walk-in
    Wills - By appointment only (Tuesday and Thursday mornings)
    Legal Assistance - Long Distance to RLSO San Diego - Walk in
    RLSO SW Tax Center, BLDG 56, NBSD
    Monday - Friday: 0800 – 1500
    "No Appointment Necessary"
    (619) 556-6848
    Opens: January 30, 2013
    Branch Office Monterey
    Mailing Address:
    Branch Office Monterey
    1 University Cir., He-131
    Monterey, CA 93943
    Phone Numbers:
    Comm: (831) 656-2506
    DSN: 756-2506
    Fax: (559) 998-3874
    Hours:
    0730 – 1630;
    Monday – Friday