Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) Southwest
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.