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Factors to Consider in Selecting Payees

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

1608. Factors to Consider in Selecting Payees

We consider the following factors in selecting a payee:

  1. The relationship of the person to the beneficiary;

  2. The person's concern for the beneficiary's well-being;

  3. The ability of the person to act in the beneficiary's best interest;

  4. Whether the person has custody of the beneficiary; and

  5. Whether the person is in a position to know of and look after the needs of the beneficiary.

Last Revised: Aug. 2, 2007

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