If you feel as though you no longer need a Representative Payee SSA.gov suggests the following:
In order to become your own payee, you must show SSA that you are now mentally and physically able to handle your money yourself. You could provide:
- A doctor’s statement that there has been a change in your condition and that the doctor believes you are able to care for yourself; or
- An official copy of a court order saying that the court believes that you can take care of yourself; or
- Other evidence that shows your ability to take care of yourself.
Note: Be advised that if SSA believes your condition has improved to the point that you no longer need a payee, we may reevaluate your eligibility for benefits.
However, in my experience if your Representative Payee is an approved organization then your chances to be become your own payee are slim to none. The main reason being, that SSA has likely already done extensive screening due to the fact that they will only allow an organization to be a Payee Representative as a last resort. Most of these Organizational Payee Representatives charge a fee ranging anywhere from 25 dollars a month at some organizations here in Dayton up to 75 dollars a month in some larger cities such as Cleveland and Columbus.
Therefore, the best option in many cases for a person unhappy with their current Organizational Payee Representative is to simply request that the Representative be changed from to an Organization with lower fees or a family or church member that will agree to apply as a representive. All of this can be handled through your local Social Security Administration Office without the aid of an attorney.