how do I stop being representative payee?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 07/01/2013 - 13:47

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 (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:34 Permalink

Last seen: 1 year 7 months ago
Joined: 09/19/2012 - 11:09
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 (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:34 Permalink

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?

tina (not verified)

In reply to by dl (not verified)

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 11:50 Permalink

I am going though the same situation with my son ,right. Now.iv been his payee a girlfreind is doing this dame thing.Im not sure how to hadle about ready to try and remove my name as being harassed. (By the (girlfreind).she only been with him 10 months.but living off his ss...she dose noyhing to help bring in income..just keeps spening his..

Geneva (not verified)

In reply to by tina (not verified)

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 21:55 Permalink

Do ssi give you the money after the dad no longer staying​ with you or they stop it


In reply to by Geneva (not verified)

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 13:20 Permalink

Hi there,
If your children are determined eligible for SSI benefits, that would not change based on your marital status.

Cindy (not verified)

In reply to by tina (not verified)

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 16:00 Permalink

I been my son's payee and he borrows money off me a and then when it comes time to pay me back says I'm stealing his money so I'm about done with being his payee we're supposed to go up there for an appointment I don't know if you can get me changed out of his payee without me being there

My payee put m… (not verified)

In reply to by tina (not verified)

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 19:13 Permalink

Me payer put me out abd wont remove ger name i left that state what shoul i do to grt my money


In reply to by My payee put m… (not verified)

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:39 Permalink

Hi There,

If you visit an SSA office, they can assign you a new payee. Or if you have someone else in mind to be your payee, they can visit the SSA office with you with their Social Security card and a picture ID to become your payee.

Barbara Mikin (not verified)

In reply to by dl (not verified)

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 15:03 Permalink

I've been a Account Payee for over a decade and am looking for proper way to resign. Still an account payee is needed....What agency should I notify and get advice for this action???


In reply to by Barbara Mikin (not verified)

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 15:42 Permalink

Sorry to hear that Barbara--you can change the paperwork with the SSA, but you need to do it in person. Call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 to file the paperwork to no longer become the payee. The SSA may appoint someone if you don't have a replacement.

D (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:35 Permalink

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 (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:35 Permalink

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??

Susan (not verified)

In reply to by Raven (not verified)

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 21:11 Permalink

I need help my
Mom keeps throwing it in
My face that she is going to leave me and I don't know what to do I need to know how do I change it and keep it to we're I can take care of my
Own money I just need to know what I can do and if some one eals takes care of that is part of the state will they charge me for them to take care of can't they do it for free so I can have them pay my
Bills and I take care of the rest I can buy food I just need to know that's all


In reply to by Susan (not verified)

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 13:15 Permalink

Hi Susan,
If someone is put in charge of your benefits, they may not be able to pay themselves for doing so, except under certain circumstances.

D (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:35 Permalink

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!

Leslie Jones (not verified)

In reply to by D (not verified)

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 14:00 Permalink

I don't want my ssi disability I have had since was a child I never intended on getting it got when I was 7 years old I used to be my on guardian but got married to some hurt me thought couldn't handle it its them I couldn't handle I don't want any do with parents thanks Leslie Jones


In reply to by Leslie Jones (not verified)

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 16:05 Permalink

Hi Leslie,
You may want to contact the SSA regarding this, they may be able to help you with this issue.

Celeste (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:35 Permalink

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 (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:36 Permalink

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.

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