Legal Considerations in the Foreign Service (MQ854)

The mobile foreign affairs lifestyle gives rise to unique legal implications for foreign affairs agency employees and their family members. This seminar includes a panel of experts provided by the American Foreign Service Protective Association to discuss contingency planning. Participants will learn steps in creating wills, trusts and powers of attorney; as well as identify legal responsibilities in owning real estate.

Participant Feedback:

"I appreciate the content and the intention to educate us in these important areas."

"I learned about the different types of estate planning, documents and options, as well as the bare minimum legal documents that one should have and the difference between them."


Course Dates and Times
10 May 2017      6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

This is a non-tuition workshop.



Virtual Resource Table

The following links and documents represent materials made available at the resource table during the class.

Department of State Resources

  • Legal Considerations – Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs information on legal issues that often affect Americans traveling or living abroad.
  • Overseas Briefing Center (OBC) [Intranet Link] – Resources to prepare U.S. government employees and their families for an overseas assignment.
  • AFSA – American Foreign Service Association is the professional association and labor union of the United States Foreign Service. AFSA provides tax guidance for the Foreign Affairs community, it also provides numerous member services including but not limited to information on retirement services, detailed yearly tax guides, and access to numerous Foreign Service publications.
  • WorkLife4You (WL4Y) (Formerly IQ: Information Quest) – The Department of State's resource and referral service for employees and their family members. Provides information and help on various topics including elderly care, settling into a new home, and finding an attorney.


Wills and Power of Attorney

Managing Property

  • Managing Rental Property – Transition Center course and resources on managing rental property while abroad.
  • It's Your Move – Dept. of State Office of Logistics Management information on preparing for the move and managing property
  • Overseas Briefing Center [intranet link] – OBC resources on logistics of preparing to go overseas


Additional Resources


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MQ854 Legal Considerations Presentation