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You're not talking to my child, bureaucrat!
posted at October 29, 2012 9:27 PM EDT
Re: You're not talking to my child, bureaucrat!
posted at October 30, 2012 9:34 AM EDT
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In Response to You're not talking to my child, bureaucrat!:
After submitting my online application for retirement I returned a call to the Bellevue, WA SSAdmin office. The woman told me my daughter might receive benefits until she turns 18 but she needs to talk to her about who the payee will be, presumably since her mom and I are divorced.getting started.
Posted by moviedoc
I can't comment on the rest of your experience but can explain the "payee" thing.
If a person receiving benefits is too young or perhaps impaired in some way, there has to be a responsible person or entity assigned to look after these benefits and make sure they are used for the beneficiaries best interest. That person is called a "Representative Payee". Under this classification, the person assigned to look after the affairs of the beneficiary either by legal document or by court order must declare that they understand their responsibility to manage these funds for the best interest of the beneficiary and they report to the SSA on this matter.
In your case, since the child is not of legal age, it could be the parent that has major custody.
It is no big deal - they just want to make sure that the beneficiary is getting full use of the funds allocated to them under the program.