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New Protections For The Disabled Who Have Payees

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Dec 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Social Security requires some people who receive disability benefits to have a representative payee. This occurs when Social Security determines that the disabled person is not able to handle her own

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finances. This system has been a great assistance to thousands of Social Security disability recipients who simply cannot pay their bills or handle related matters.

Problems With Payees

Unfortunately, the representative payee system has had its problems. I have gotten many calls through the years from disabled people claiming that a representative payee has misused

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or even stolen their benefits.  Even some of the businesses set up to act as payees have gotten into trouble for financial mismanagement and fraud.

A New Law Will Help

A new law should help. Congress has passed the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act and sent it to the president for signature. This new law will provide additional protections to those disabled persons with representative payees. Under the new law, protection and advocacy organizations will have new powers to investigate payees.  While this might sound a bit toothless, any further oversight will assuredly help.

Where To Get Help

If you have a representative payee whom you suspect is mishandling your Social Security disability benefits, contact your local protection and advocacy organization for assistance. In Arizona, that

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would be the Arizona Center Disability Law.

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.

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