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Coast Guard Judge Advocate General


2703 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SW
Mail Stop 7213
Washington, DC 20593-7213

Office: 202-795-6918

The Office of Legal Assistance & Defense Services (CG-LAD), located in Washington, DC, is a multi-faceted organization responsible for providing members with legal services in four broad categories: Legal Assistance, Defense Services, and Appellate Defense.

Defense Services

The Defense Services Division (CG-LAD-D) provides qualified military defense counsel to Coast Guard members facing disciplinary proceedings and adverse personnel actions. This includes providing consultation for military justice concerns, representing members at administrative boards and courts-martial, and serving as detailed appellate defense counsel.   
 If you need legal advice, we’re here for you!
Legal Assistance

Additionally, legal counsel is available to assist members in the preparation of last will and testament, power of attorney, estate planning, assistance with adoptions, name changes, nonsupport and indebtedness, taxes, and landlord-tenant relations. Legal assistance is provided by attorneys assigned to district legal offices and major training commands.

All Coast Guard members are encouraged to complete a Personal Readiness Plan (PRP). The plan is a private document designed to keep a member’s most important personal information at the ready in the event of an emergency.

To learn more about legal assistance, develop a PRP, or locate the closest legal assistance office, visit: