Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington (RLSO NDW)



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.

For information about responding to the Equifax data breach: Legal Assistance Advisory on Equifax Breach, Oct 2017

For concerns about updating SGLI beneficiaries on the SGLI Online Enrollment System (SOES): Legal Assistance Advisory on SOES, 21 Feb 18

    Legal Assistance Handouts Special Power of Attorney

    * Powers of attorney can be drafted through the above link and brought to our office for notarization.  As our notary personnel are civilian, please select the 'Use Civilian Notary' box and 'District of Columbia' for Notary State.


Legal Assistance Intake Questionnaire
Remote Services Disclosure and Acknowledgement
Joint Representation Letter
Standardized Will Worksheet
Power of Attorney Worksheet
Notary Service Worksheet

Separation or Divorce (Dissolution/Annulment)

RLSO NDW Legal Assistance attorneys advise servicemembers, dependents and retirees on separation and divorce in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to limitations in state family law court, Legal Assistance attorneys are not able to represent anyone in court. If you are seeking representation you will have to retain civilian counsel.


Mailing Address:
1250 10th Street SE, Suite 1600,
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5160
Phone Numbers:
Comm: 202-685-5569
Fax:     (202) 685-7714
Legal Assistance Hours:
0800 to 1500
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.
Military Justice Act of 2016 Training
Comm: 202-685-8382

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
0800-1130 and 1230-1500
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 301 by appointment. Please call (410) 293-1556 or (410) 293-1564 first to schedule an appointment.
Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, MD
Mailing Address:
22268 Cedar Point Rd.
Bldg. 409, Suites 103 and 105
Patuxent River, MD 20670-1154
Phone Numbers:
Comm: (301) 342-7510 / 1934
DSN: 342-7510 / 1934
Fax: (301) 342-1044
Limited Legal Assistance
Special Powers of Attorney are now available as a self-help service here. All eligible personnel should read through the informational section and click on the appropriate Power of Attorney option that fits the needed power. Each Power of Attorney will include both a civilian notary block and a military notary block. Members of Navy Federal may have any Power of Attorney drafted through the online system notarized at any Navy Federal banking location free of charge, or you may alternatively take the Power of Attorney to any civilian notary at your location.
Real Estate Powers of Attorney are a specialized Power of Attorney that require specific information to be placed in them and cannot be obtained from the self-service system. As such, please call (301) 342-7510 to discuss options.
Notary services are provided on a walk-in basis, 0800-1100 and 1300-1500 on Monday - Friday.
Appointments with a Legal Assistance attorney may be scheduled by calling (202) 685-5569, press option “1” when the recording starts.
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
0800 – 1500
Monday – Friday
Please call for appointments
Walk-in hours for Powers of Attorneys and Notarizations:
0800 - 1145 and 1300 - 1500