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Legal Assistance

Legal Services

The Navy Legal Service Office (NLSO) has moved from Bldg. 200H, Naval Health Clinic to Bldg. 2, Suite 100.  NLSO preform regular defense and legal assistance. Emergency legal advice and support is available. The duty officer's phone number is 847-688-4753 ext. 111; DSN 312-792-4753 ext. 111.

Services Provided 

The Legal Assistance Office offers attorney consultation, command briefs, and notary services to active duty personnel, retired military personnel and dependents. Reservists are eligible for pre-deployment legal assistance (wills, powers of attorney, Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act advice), and are eligible for all services while on active duty for 30 or more consecutive days. Legal assistance is currently provided for personal legal matters, including but not limited to:

  • Adoptions
  • Civil lawsuits
  • Contracts
  • Debtor/Creditor disputes
  • Domestic Relations -- divorce, separation, nonsupport, custody, paternity
  • Guardianship/Name changes
  • Immigration
  • Involuntary allotments/Garnishment
  • Landlord-tenant problems
  • Small claims court proceedings
  • Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act
  • Wills/powers-of-attorney

Clients may obtain powers of attorney and notarization services on a "walk-in" basis during normal working hours.  Emergent legal matters may also be handled on a walk-in basis, depending on attorney availability.  All other matters require an appointment, which can be made by calling 847-688-4753, ext. 111 during normal business hours.

Limitations on Legal Assistance Services

Legal Assistance attorneys are prohibited from advising on private business ventures and matters against the government.  Additionally, attorneys can not provide advice over the phone, except for distant areas. In this case, the eligible member must fax the front and back of the military/dependent's identification card.

The Naval Legal Service Office, North Central Detachment (NLSO), Great Lakes' mission is to provide quality legal services and counsel in support of the operational readiness of Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard commands and eligible individuals in the NLSO's area of responsibility in a prompt, courteous, and professional manner. The types of services available from the NLSO are Defense, Claims, and Legal Assistance.

Area of Responsibility (AOR)

The Naval Legal Service Office, North Central Detachment (NLSO), Great Lakes' primary geographic area of responsibility: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Canada (Provinces of Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Northwest Territories only).

Requesting Services

Eligible individuals in need of assistance should select the appropriate link above and follow the instructions therein. Many services are available on a walk-in basis, such as notary services and powers of attorney. However, it is suggested that individuals call first to ensure that their particular needs can be addressed without an attorney appointment.   Other services are available by appointment.

Military Commands in need of assistance should submit a "Request for Services Letter." Please select the appropriate letter below and forward it to the Naval Legal Services Office (NLSO). For a complete explanation, the NLSO Instruction for requesting services should be reviewed.

Associated Links

Community Legal Aid Services
Resources for community legal aid.

Fleet and Family Support Center
Provides information on Navy family issues.

Navy Legal Services -- Provide claims and renting advice.
Provides access to legal services.

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