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.

Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) Locator

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.

Use the form below to find the closest RLSO to you

1. Select a Continent
2. Select a State (If Applicable)

You may also use the following links to go directly to a RLSO Home Page:

Important Phone Numbers and Links

Other Legal Assistance Sites:


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Boards for Correction of Military Records for the Various Services

Citizenship and Immigration

Consumer Finances

Department of State

Dependent Support Regulations

Guam Specific Links

Legal Resources

Real Estate/Landlord Tenant

  • Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) Introduced in March 2009, HARP enables borrowers with little or no equity to refinance into more affordable mortgages without new or additional mortgage insurance. HARP targets borrowers with loan-to-value (LTV) ratios equal to or greater than 80 percent and who have limited delinquencies over the 12 months prior to refinancing.
  • Making Home Affordable Program (MHA) is a comprehensive plan to stabilize the U.S. housing market by helping homeowners get mortgage relief and avoid foreclosure. To meet the various needs of homeowners across the country, MHA programs offer a range of solutions that may be able to help you take action before it's too late.
    • Refinance and take advantage of today's low mortgage interest rates.
    • Reduce your monthly mortgage payments.
    • Get mortgage relief while searching for re-employment.
    • Get help when you owe more than your home is worth.
    • Avoid foreclosure when homeownership is no longer affordable or desirable.

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

  • Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) is a federal law that provides protections for military members as they enter active duty. It covers issues such as rental agreements, security deposits, prepaid rent, eviction, installment contracts, credit card interest rates, mortgage interest rates, mortgage foreclosure, civil judicial proceedings, automobile leases, life insurance, health insurance and income tax payments. In order to have your SCRA case reviewed by the Department of Justice (DoJ), you must first seek the assistance of your local military legal assistance office. If that office cannot resolve the complaint, it may choose to refer the complaint to the DoJ for review and a determination whether DoJ action is appropriate.

State Bar Lawyer Referral Services

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act

  • Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) clarifies and strengthens the Veterans' Reemployment Rights (VRR) Statute. The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), provides assistance to all persons having claims under USERRA.

U.S. Embassy

  • U.S. Embassy provides links to the various US Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions around the world. Most areas have a tab for U.S. Services that may be helpful for those needing assistance in locating English speaking professionals such as doctors, lawyers, notaries, and translators.

Veterans Affairs

  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA or DVA) is a government-run military benefit system. The VA employs nearly 280,000 people at hundreds of VA medical facilities, clinics, and benefits offices, and is responsible for administering programs of veterans’ benefits for veterans, their families, and survivors.
  • Board of Veterans Appeals (also known as "BVA" or "the Board") is a part of the VA, located in Washington, D.C. Members of the Board review benefit claims determinations made by local VA offices and issue decision on appeals. These Law Judges, attorneys experienced in veteran’s law and in reviewing benefit claims, are the only ones who can issue Board decisions. Staff attorneys, also trained in veteran’s law, review the facts of each appeal and assist the Board members. Anyone who is not satisfied with the results of a claim for veterans benefits (determined by a VA regional office, medical center, or other local VA office) should read the “How do I Appeal” pamphlet.
  • United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims is a national court of record, established under Article I of the Constitution of the United States. The Court has exclusive jurisdiction to provide judicial review of final decisions by the Board of Veterans' Appeals, an entity within the Department of Veterans Affairs.