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The Social Security Disability process is not easy. For people who are genuinely disabled and unable to work, the system can seem unfairly hard to maneuver. Tackling this process alone is hard. Once you do receive your benefits, it may be determined that you need a Representative Payee to help you manage your benefits.

We want to discuss this process and how it can be of great help to you. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, our mission is to do what it takes to ensure that you receive the benefits you deserve if you are disabled and unable to work. If you need assistance with Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income, call us today.

You Are Not Alone

The Social Security Administration may determine that a person who receives SSDI or SSI benefits is unable to handle their money appropriately. In this case, they will investigate the circumstances and may decide to appoint a representative payee.

  • Having a joint bank account with someone or having power of attorney over a benefit received does not mean a person is automatically a representative payee.

A representative payee is appointed by the Social Security Administration and is usually someone who sees the receiver of the benefit often, understands their needs, and wants to help. The representative payee will use the benefits to pay for a person’s current needs, pay past-due bills and save the money for future use.

A representative payee can be a:

  • Spouse or other family members
  • Friend
  • Legal guardian
  • Attorney

In certain cases, the representative payee will be a nursing home or other organization that offers services to the beneficiary.

The SSA may ask for an account of how the representative payee spends a beneficiary’s money to ensure they are acting responsibly.

If a person has a representative payee due to a physical or mental disability, but wishes to become their own payee, they must prove to the SSA they are capable of handling their own finances. This means:

  • Providing a doctor’s statement saying there has been a change in the beneficiary’s condition and they can care for themselves.
  • An official court order saying the court believes they can care for themselves.
  • Other evidence that shows they have the ability to care for themselves.

Please note that an improvement in a beneficiary’s condition may trigger a reevaluation of the eligibility for disability payments.

How We Can Help

The Social Security Disability system can be impossibly difficult for individuals to maneuver by themselves. When a person does receive their benefits and they are unable to manage them alone, they may need to have a Representative Payee appointed to help them. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we will work with you to make sure everything is taken care of. Our qualified and experienced team wants to ensure that your claim is successful, you get the benefits you deserve, and your benefits are managed. When you need an Everett Social Security Disability attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 425-728-7467.

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