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Alternatives to Guardianship (8)+

  • Managing Someone Else’s Money

    A set of four guides for financial caregivers—government fiduciaries, agents under power of attorney, guardians of property and trustees —to help them understand their duties, and how to prevent and respond to financial exploitation. Read More

    By:
    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Power of Attorney (POA) for Parents

    Parents: you can now give someone power of attorney to take care of your children for up to two years. Learn more. #3105EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Durable Power of Attorney Documents

    A power of attorney document lets you choose a trusted friend or relative to help you with your finances and/or health care decisions. Forms for you to fill out are provided. Publication #9608EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
    Korean / 한국어
    Russian / Pусский
    Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt
    Chinese / 中文
  • Alternatives to Guardianships for Adults

    When a person has significant problems managing financial affairs or personal care, guardianship may be considered. Guardianship should be viewed as an option of last resort, however, because it can be costly (involves going to court) and it deprives an adult of very significant personal rights. This publication provides general information about alternatives to guardianship.#3302EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Alternatives to Guardianship: Supported Decision Making Agreements (SDM)

    Learn more about this alternative to guardianship that helps people with disabilities without limiting their rights. #3306EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • How to Change, Remove, or Report a Representative Payee

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) pays benefits to certain eligible people, called beneficiaries. If a beneficiary cannot manage or direct the management of their SSA benefits, SSA appoints a representative payee (rep payee) to receive and manage the SSA benefits. A rep payee can be a person or an organization. This publication is for adult beneficiaries and explains how a beneficiary can ask SSA to change or remove a rep payee and how a beneficiary can report a rep payee for misuse of funds. Read More

    By:
    Disability Rights Washington
  • Quick Facts: Alternatives to Guardianship

    Read about the options short of guardianship for helping an adult who faces real risk of harm due to their incapacity. #3305EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • SSA’s Representative Payee Program

    To ensure that all beneficiaries can receive their payments and make proper use of funds, Congress has granted the Social Security Administration (SSA) the authority to appoint third parties, known as representative payees, to receive and manage payments when the beneficiary is unable to do so. With Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments on the rise, more seniors find themselves unable to manage their own benefits. Read More

    By:
    Justice in Aging

Ending a Guardianship (1)+

  • Issues with Guardianship

    How to prevent or avoid problems with guardianship. How to make changes to or end a guardianship when needed. Read More

    By:
    Disability Rights Washington

Social Security Retirement (1)+

  • How to Change, Remove, or Report a Representative Payee

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) pays benefits to certain eligible people, called beneficiaries. If a beneficiary cannot manage or direct the management of their SSA benefits, SSA appoints a representative payee (rep payee) to receive and manage the SSA benefits. A rep payee can be a person or an organization. This publication is for adult beneficiaries and explains how a beneficiary can ask SSA to change or remove a rep payee and how a beneficiary can report a rep payee for misuse of funds. Read More

    By:
    Disability Rights Washington

Starting a Guardianship (6)+

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