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Representative Payee Designations Available to Help Seniors

Seniors struggling to manage their financial affairs have a helpful Social Security provision available to them that can ease their minds. It’s called the “Representative Payee” provision, and it allows a beneficiary to designate another person, usually a family member, someone close to the beneficiary, or a qualified organization to interact in an official capacity with the Agency. And here’s another important aspect of this provision: Beneficiaries can designate up to three individuals who could serve as payee for them if the need arises, so the availability of the service can be part of a beneficiary’s advance planning. As explained in the Social Security Administration’s publication, there are prescribed recordkeeping duties assigned to the designated individual or organization.

If you or someone you’re close to has a need for this type of service, check out this provision by contacting a Social Security office.

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