Paul McChesney (Admin)
Post Number: 984
|Posted on Sunday, January 30, 2005 - 2:05 pm: |
I am not sure what the benefit amount would be in Florida. It will not be less than that; South Carolina as you might expect pays the minimum.
This is the sequence I would suggest for the transfer. I assume that, even though you are power of attorney, he receives his own check in his name:
1. After he gets the last check he should get in South Carolina, send in the forwarding order to the Post Office to forward his mail to whatever address he plans to live at in Florida. If you are not sure how to do this, get him and you to go to the Post Office; both of you will have to go.
2. As soon as he gets to Florida he should call 1 800 772 1213 and ask where the local Social Security office is. He should go there and explain that he has moved. The Administration will promise him that the next check will come directly to his new address, but half the time they are wrong. That's why he took step 1.
Now we'll assume that you are his representative payee, that is, that the check comes in your name, and you want to transfer that obligation to his daughter in Florida, and that she is trustworthy. Do it this way:
1. He moves without telling anyone. As the checks come, you send them to his daughter. But be aware that you are still responsible to be sure the check is spent properly, so don't do this unless you are positive that she can be trusted.
2. Have them go to the local Social Security office together, and explain about the move, and ask that she be made representative payee.
If all goes well, if you take the steps in that order, no check should be missed.
"Power of Attorney" is a state law position, and the Administration, which is Federal, will not give you the check unless you are also the "representative payee"; you get appointed representative payee at the local office.