If you were at your Social Security disability hearing and the ALJ recommended that you be assigned a representative payee there can be a few reasons why this has happened. In disability attorney Scott Lewis' experience the main reason a representative payee is recommended is that the ALJ believes you are unable to manage your own funds. Many times this may be due to a mental condition that makes it difficult for the Social Security disability recipient to take care of their own money.
While the individual receiving benefits may be able to designate someone as their representative payee, if the Social Security Administration does not approve of that individual, the SSA may appoint someone entirely different. The Social Security Administration (SSA) usually looks to family and friends to be assigned as an individual's representative payee. If family and friends are not available the SSA may look to various organizations to help in this capacity.
If you have been denied Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits you can contact Indianapolis disability attorney Scott D. Lewis for a free case evaluation. Mr. Lewis has experience with Social Security disability appeals and understands what Indiana residents are going through. Call (317) 423-8888 and talk to Mr Lewis and his staff and receive your free consultation.