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?

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

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

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

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

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

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 (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:37 Permalink

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.

Sandra Ray (not verified)

In reply to by D (not verified)

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 11:57 Permalink

I have been harassed for years I know longer want to be the payee it's making me sick he is always threatening me to give him the card he can take care of his own stuff I can't do it anymore

Gmraw55 (not verified)
Tue, 12/08/2015 - 12:08 Permalink

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


In reply to by Gmraw55 (not verified)

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 11:53 Permalink

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 (not verified)
Fri, 03/04/2016 - 18:24 Permalink

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?


In reply to by Judy Northington (not verified)

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 15:27 Permalink

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

Lisa Combs (not verified)

In reply to by Judy Northington (not verified)

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 20:54 Permalink

I am rep Payee for my mom. I have been since 1994. My mom has fought me every step of the way. Now she has dementia. She refuses to get help. I am not an only child. I want to turn this over to my brother. I have serious burnout. I have health problems of my own. Now my mom does not want anyone else to take over. Do I have to find someone else or will SS find someone? Can I step down without a person in place?


In reply to by Lisa Combs (not verified)

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 09:35 Permalink

Hi Lisa,
The SSA can appoint a representative payee in your stead, you may want to contact them and inform them of your wishes. You may be able to suggest another person to be the payee for your mother, however you may want to wait until you find a replacement payee.

Carol Cook (not verified)
Thu, 03/10/2016 - 11:54 Permalink

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!

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 15:28 Permalink

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

eric (not verified)
Thu, 03/24/2016 - 03:11 Permalink

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

Anonymous (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Sun, 07/10/2016 - 08:10 Permalink

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

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