Should you encounter difficulties while you are abroad, the American Embassy and/or Consulate in that country may be able to assist you. Although their primary purpose is to carry out the diplomatic mission of the U.S. government, they are able to provide assistance in some instances. For example, they can provide you with a list of local attorneys and physicians, contact next of kin in the event of emergency or serious illness, contact friends or relatives on your behalf to request funds or guidance, provide assistance during civil unrest or natural disaster, and replace a lost or stolen passport. They cannot, however, act as a travel agency, give or lend money, arrange free medical service or legal advice, provide bail or get you out of jail, act as interpreters, search for missing luggage, or settle disputes with local authorities.