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Guardianship and Conservatorships

Guardianship and Conservatorship Proceedings Regarding Incapacitated Adults

What is a Representative Payee?
A Representative Payee is a person or organization appointed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to receive and manage the benefits of a Social Security Recipient that has been determined incapable of managing the benefits. The decision whether to appoint a representative payee is made by the SSA based upon evidence of the physical or mental incapacity or the young age of the beneficiary. MORE »

What is a Guardianship or Conservatorship?
Guardianship is a legal relationship whereby the circuit court gives one person (the guardian) the power to make personal decisions for another (the incapacitated person). A guardian may be appointed when a circuit court determines that an individual is incapacitated. MORE »

Each state has it own requirements for guardianship proceedings. In most states, however, guardianship is appropriate when a person has become incapacitated and can no longer make sound decisions relative to his/her personal welfare or financial affairs, and when no alternative exists. MORE »

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