When you are appointed as a payee for someone’s Social Security benefits, it means that you have the authority to manage their benefits on their behalf. However, sometimes the payee relationship may need to be terminated for various reasons such as the payee’s death, the beneficiary’s death, or if the beneficiary no longer needs assistance managing their benefits. Whatever the reason, it is important to know how to remove a payee from Social Security properly.

Step 1: Contact the Social Security Administration

The first step to remove a payee from Social Security is to contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) and explain the situation. You can contact the SSA by phone, online, or in person at your local SSA office. Make sure you have all the necessary information and paperwork related to the beneficiary and payee ready when you contact the SSA. The SSA will guide you through the process and provide you with the necessary forms to complete.

Step 2: Fill Out the Required Forms

The SSA will require you to complete several forms to remove a payee from Social Security. The forms may vary depending on the situation, but some of the common forms include SSA-11, SSA-787, and SSA-1696. These forms require information about the beneficiary, payee, and the reason for the payee’s removal.

Step 3: Submit the Forms and Wait for Approval

After you have completed the required forms, submit them to the SSA as soon as possible. The SSA will review the forms and may contact you or the beneficiary for additional information or clarification. Once the SSA approves the request to remove the payee, they will notify the payee and the beneficiary via mail.

Step 4: Appoint a New Payee (if necessary)

If the beneficiary still needs assistance managing their benefits, they will need to appoint a new payee. The beneficiary can choose to appoint someone else or request that the SSA appoint a payee on their behalf. The SSA will evaluate the new payee’s suitability before appointing them.

Common Reasons to Remove a Payee from Social Security

  • If the payee dies
  • If the beneficiary dies
  • If the beneficiary no longer needs assistance managing their benefits
  • If the payee is no longer capable or willing to manage the benefits


Q: Can a payee be removed from Social Security without the beneficiary’s consent?

A: No. The Social Security Administration requires the beneficiary’s consent before removing their payee. In situations where the beneficiary is unable to give consent, such as in cases of mental incapacity, the SSA will evaluate the situation and make a determination.

Q: Can a payee be removed from Social Security for financial abuse?

A: Yes. If the payee is found to be misusing the beneficiary’s funds or is committing financial abuse, the SSA will take immediate action to remove the payee and protect the beneficiary’s benefits.

Being a payee for someone’s Social Security benefits is a serious responsibility that requires diligence and integrity. However, if the payee relationship needs to be terminated, it is essential to follow the proper steps to ensure that the beneficiary’s benefits are not disrupted. By contacting the Social Security Administration, filling out the necessary forms, and appointing a new payee (if necessary), you can successfully remove a payee from Social Security.

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