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When an individual stops serving as a representative payee, what should be done with a beneficiary's conserved funds?
1622. When an individual stops serving as a representative payee, what should be done with a beneficiary's conserved funds?
A representative payee who is no longer serving as a payee must return savings or other investments and any interest earned on the funds to us. SSA will reissue the returned funds to either a new representative payee or to a beneficiary currently receiving direct payment.
In the event of the beneficiary's death, conserved funds become the property of the beneficiary's estate. Rather than returning them to SSA, conserved funds must be given to the legal representative of the deceased beneficiary's estate for disposition under State law. If no legal representative exists, the payee must contact the State probate court (or the State agency handling estate matters) for instructions on what to do with the remaining conserved funds.
Last Revised: Aug. 2, 2007
- What are the responsibilities of a representative payee?
- A Beneficiary's Savings
- Beneficiary Under Age 18
- Interest of the Beneficiary
- Use of Benefit Payments
- Past Debts of Beneficiaries
- Appointment of a Representative Payee
- Representative Payee (Guardian or Trustee)
- Current Needs of Beneficiary
- Accounting for Use of Funds
- When is a new representative payee selected?
- Use of Beneficiary Funds
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