Q) I am trying to become my own payee, as I am fully physically and mentally capable of handling, as my neurologist will state. My sister who is my present payee, as well as my dad before her, have done poor jobs in being my payee, so I want to be my own payee. She is not willing to make this change for me. Both her and my dad like power and control over me and my life, which I do not need at all. I need to make myself my own payee.
How do I make this happen, as the Worcester office always gives me the run around. I will also say that my payee is from Santa Monica, California which makes things even harder on me as she never has time to go to the office and I do not live there.
A) client has the right to receive their own Social Security check; According to the Social Security Administration – client has the right to receive their own Social Security check unless SSA has reason to believe they may spend their money in a way that might hurt them.
If your client has a representative payee because of a physical or a mental disability, in order to become their own payee, they must show SSA that they are now mentally and physically able to handle their money themselves. You can help your client provide:
A doctor’s statement that there has been a change in their condition and that the doctor believes they are able to care for themselves; or
An official copy of a court order saying that the court believes that they can take care of themselves; or
Other evidence that shows their ability to take care of themselves.
Note: Be advised that if SSA believes their condition has improved to the point that they no longer need a payee, we may reevaluate their eligibility for benefits.
Should you discover a situation where the payee has only been changed on one program (such as SSI), but your client receives benefits from both SSI and Social Security, you will need to contact your local field office to make the correction on the other check.