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When is a new representative payee selected?

Excerpted from "Social Security Handbook". See the up-to-date, official Social Security Handbook at ssa.gov.

1613. When is a new representative payee selected?

A new representative payee is selected if the current representative payee:

  1. Dies;

  2. Has been determined to have misused the beneficiary's benefits as found by SSA or a court of competent jurisdiction;

  3. Is unable to manage the benefit payments;

  4. No longer wishes to serve as payee;

  5. Fails to use and account for the payments properly;

  6. Is no longer responsible for the care or welfare of the beneficiary; or

  7. Is otherwise no longer suitable to serve as payee.

Last Revised: Aug. 2, 2007


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