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how do I stop being representative payee?

I have been my brother's re-payee(sp?) for several years and feel that he is more than capable of handling his own money. What is the process to change this arrangement?

Molly
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Representative Payee
Typically, the SSA assigns a representative payee to individuals that they feel are not capable of caring for themselves or handling their own money. If this changes, the disability recipient must provide the SSA with proof that he or she is now capable of receiving their own disability checks. This proof can be in the form of an official statement from a doctor or the court. The SSA will also consider other type of evidence that proves your brother's condition has approved. It is important to note that if you and your brother prove that he is capable of caring for himself, it is likely that the SSA will reevaluate his eligibility for benefits.

dl
how do I stop being

how do I stop being representative payee? I have been my brother's payee for 5 years and in that 5 years his girlfriend has harassed me, leaving threathen messages. She feels that she should handle his money saying give him his money I should be the one to control his money etc. it's been a nightmare for 5 years and it's not stopping. My brother is not capable to handle his business nor being able to handle his money. What ever she girlfriend is telling him he'll do it. And by doing what she saids he will be homeless like before using drugs and drinking it would be a mess. What is the process to get the courts to handle his affairs?

D
Hi dl, I am sorry to hear

Hi dl, I am sorry to hear about this situation. You can read more about representative payees here. The girlfriend has no legal authority to tell you how to use your brother's benefits. I am not sure what the best scenario would be in this situation, but I would definitely report her to the SSA, especially if you have his best interests at heart and she doesn't. It is possible for an SSA rep to become his payee if she continues to harass you. Good luck.

Raven
How do I make it where I am

How do I make it where I am in control of my money instead of my mother, what forum do i need to have my doctor fill out saying that i'm capable of taking control of my money i receive??
Raven

D
Hi Raven,

Hi Raven,
It's pretty simple to change your representative payee, but your request will only be granted if your condition has improved enough for you to not require a payee anymore. You'll just need to go to your local Social Security Administration office, say that you want to request to not have a payee, and they'll give you a form to fill out. Keep in mind that if you receive SSD benefits for a mental disorder, the SSA may reopen your case to revaluate whether or not you're eligible for benefits at all.
I hope this helps!

Celeste
hello I no longer care for my

hello I no longer care for my ex mother in law and I no longer want to be her payee what do I do to stop being her payee ? I do not have no one lined up to be another payee . I mean her son in Florida would like to do it but his mom resides in mass can that even be possible to be a payee from a different state ?

D
Hi Celeste,

Hi Celeste,
That is a better question for your local SSA office. I know it is moderately easy for you to switch payees, but you will need to have someone else lined up. You'll need to schedule an appointment with your local SSA office to file the paperwork. If you cannot find someone suitable, the SSA could be able to provide someone. To schedule an appointment, you should call their main number at 1-800-772-1213.

Anonymous
I'm very frustrated

I'm very frustrated I am rep payee and my person is locked up so wht do I do o was think bout paying his bill I n September and senf ing the card back to ssi or can I call them and tell them I don't want to buy his rep and mail the card

D
Hi there,

Hi there,
if the person you are the rep. payee for is imprisoned for more than 30 days, he or she will become ineligible for disability benefits anyway.

CA
A friend has asked me to take

A friend has asked me to take over as his wife's payee. He has been serving in this capacity but owes outstanding child support. She(beneficiary) has a joint account with her husband into which her and her daughters SSI is deposited. Because of the outstanding child support the the account has been frozen, leaving them unable to access their only source of income. Do they have any recourse other than changing their payee? Thank you for any help

D
Hi CA,

Hi CA,
It seems very strange that they would freeze the same account that the SSI payments go into. What a bad situation. Before switching to a new payee, which would be a lot of work for you, I would tell him to call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 to try to work the situation out first.

Vikki
I am tired of being payee. Is

I am tired of being payee. Is there anyway I can get myself to where I am No longer a payee on line? The person I am payee for is an alcoholic and when she drinks up what's left of her money, she gets mad and accuses me of keeping the money. She is also very mental and will not take her meds like she is supposed to. It's just too big of a hassle for me. I am tired of putting up with her and her tirades. And being bullied my Father in law threatening me. I'm done and No longer want any part of it. Helping someone should not bring extra conflict and stress to my life.

D
Hi Vikki,

Hi Vikki,
I am sorry to hear that. You could go to your local Social Security Administration office and fill out the paperwork to no longer be the payee. If you do not have a replacement, the SSA will name someone else to become her payee.

Gmraw55
Iam the payee for a family

Iam the payee for a family and have done it for 2 years but every month the one person takes me through heak. That one has had me give her the child's card with my name on it demaded that the pen be changed and got very very upset when i said the money is for her child. Drugs are involved and i feel powerless to help he kid. She pays little to nothing to live in my home. I just want out of this mess

You can go to your local SSA

You can go to your local SSA office and fill out some paperwork that will make it so you are no longer the representative payee.

Judy Northington
I am currently a payee but

I am currently a payee but someone else is taking over. Do I need to go to Soc Sec to have my name taken off?

Hi Judy,

Hi Judy,
I would definitely contact the SSA to make sure that you are not listed as a payee.

Carol Cook
I need to know the channels I

I need to know the channels I need to go through to stop being someone's disability benefits payee. I am in Louisiana. Thank you!

Hi Carol,

Hi Carol,
I would contact the SSA to do this, their number is 1800-772-1213 or you can visit www.ssa.gov

eric
My wife has mental issues

My wife has mental issues along with substance abuse issues and on ssd I'm her payee she threatens everymonth if I don't just give her all cash then she used it on drugs I want ssi to appoint a payee there their program what do I do

Hi Eric,

Hi Eric,
I would get in touch with the SSA to do this, their number is 1-800-772-1312 or you can visit their website at www.ssa.gov

Anonymous
Is the number 1312 or 1213 as

Is the number 1312 or 1213 as you stated to carol previous post?

Hi there,

Hi there,
the number for the SSA is 1800-772-1213, alternately you can go to www.ssa.gov as well.

jill
does the payee have to have a

does the payee have to have a receipt for everything that the person he is representing bought

Hi Jill,

Hi Jill,
It's not necessary, but it's a good idea to keep receipts for everything that you've bought with SSI benefits.

Kate
My 73 yr old Sibling just

My 73 yr old Sibling just suddenly stopped being my RepPayee. My Funds were returned and my next Disability check was due to come in 3-4 days! I don't have anyone to replace her because I am only living in this town TEMPORARILY for maybe 4-6 more months and don't know exactly where I'm moving to after that. I know anyone here & Relatives live 4 States away. I am on Disability for Back problems & Bipolar but could easily write out and pay my 5 Major bills monthly. If they Re-evaluate me, I will still Qualify, as I have become More disabled from Severe Osteoporosis & More since. My question is.. If they choose to Re-Evaluate me, Do I receive any SSD income & Medicare benefits during that time period?? I will literally starve and also take multiple medications for Health problems & can't go without.

Hi Kate,

Hi Kate,
Your benefits would only stop if they determine your are not disabled any more. I would contact the SSA to inform them if any conditions you have are getting worse.

Karen
I want to apply to handle my

I want to apply to handle my own Benefits because my RepPayee is aging, & I don't have a Replacement. Do many people with BiPolar Disorder handle their own Benefits?

Hi Karen,

Hi Karen,
I'd say that the appointment of a representative payee depends on a case-by-case basis, and that the SSA may require you to have a payee if they believe it is necessary.

Donald
I would like to know if. A

I would like to know if. A person can become someone Payee if the person is on SSI.

Hi Donald,

Hi Donald,
You may be able to be their payee if the SSA determines that it would be in the best interest of the person who is receiving those benefits, so it someone who is already receiving SSI may be able to be a representative payee.

Maxine
My son is receiving SSI, he

My son is receiving SSI, he is Mental and his father is his Payee and every month he takes all the money and does not pay the rent or provide my son with food to last thru the month ,he does not buy him clothes, or shoes my son has not been under any medical doctor in over 6yrs. now his father didnt pay rent and they had to move and he has no place for my son to stay. the place that he is trying to drop him off to is unsafe its drug and gang infested. who do i contact to help me get another appointee for him?

Hi Maxine,

Hi Maxine,
That doesn't sound good! I would contact a local SSA office to change tour child's payee. You can find a list of local offices here:
http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/social-security-disability-locat...

bill
i am my sons ssi payee how do

i am my sons ssi payee how do i change that to someone else

Hi Bill,

Hi Bill,
I would contact your local SSA office and inform them that you wish to no longer be a representative payee, and I would also give them the information for the next payee.

Amber
My husband is payee for his

My husband is payee for his father however after an altercation he gave the card to his father and is no longer over his funds, now the government wants breakdown of how his funds were spent....what does my husband to do and can he go to jail for this

Hi Amber,

Hi Amber,
I would contact the your father in law and ask him for any records that he has regarding his spending of his benefits. After that, I would contact the SSA and have your father in law's payee changed.

Tasha
I was someone's payee in

I was someone's payee in the past and they called and asked me to re sign up as their payee.... is that allowed?

Hi Tasha,

Hi Tasha,
If you are not otherwise ineligible to be a representative payee, you may be able to be their payee again.

Amy
My mother has been my rep

My mother has been my rep payee for my mental condition. I receive a check on the 1st and 3rd off each month , directly deposited into our checking account where we are both listed on the bank account but she is listed
first and showing as my rep payee of course. Iwant to get back together with my husband whom I am still legally married to and move return to his home to live with him where him and I will reside together alone. I want to change my rep payee from my mother (who I myself chose from the start), to my still yet husband once im living again with him. My question's are, what process would this be, does my mother have to go with me to SSA, to make this change of switching payers (she's has very bad health issue's now and doesn't like to go anywhere, and will it change my disability and sis payments if I return living with my husband.

Hi Amy,

Hi Amy,
You would have to contact the SSA to find out what exactly you would need to do to change your payee, it may be a different process for you than others. Also, if your husband's income was factored into your SSI determination, your benefits may not change if you move back in with your husband.

Barbara Salzman
I would like a form to stop

I would like a form to stop having a payee. They are not apt to handle financial affairs. I already had a payee and they made so many horrible mistakes, some of which I never resolved

Hi Barbara,

Hi Barbara,
As we are not affiliated with the SSA, we don't have access to those forms. I would contact the SSA at www.ssa.gov or at 1-800-772-1213 and they could point you in the right direction regarding these forms.

F. Ervin
I just became rep for my

I just became rep for my nephew in dec. 2016. His check stopped in January. February they sent a letter saying he had been 10,000 over paid which his mom had him and was rep at that time am I still require to pay that back because in over him now

Hi F,

Hi F,
I would contact the SSA about this, they may have said your nephew had been overpaid in error, it also may be that the mother would be obligated to repay the money as she was his representative during the time in which he was overpaid.

ShanaB
When someone goes down to

When someone goes down to switch their payee, how long before the new payee is active as the new representative payee? Thanks

Hi Shana,

Hi Shana,
The SSA would be able to let you know, it may be as soon as your next disability payment depending on when you had it changed.

Tracy
What do I do in the case that

What do I do in the case that I feel I am capable of handling my own Affairs and my own money and don't need to payee

Hi Tracy,

Hi Tracy,
If the SSA does not require you to have a payee due to your disability, you can contact them and make yourself your own payee.

Sue
I am payee for my grand

I am payee for my grand daughter. I have not seen her for awhile. I send her money but with contact. I would like to stop being her payee, and stop her ssi benefits. How do I do this.

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