Social Security News
Social Security Seeks Maryland Attorneys for Pro
Bono Assistance Pilot
Attorneys get chance to fulfill Court of Appeals’
aspirational goal of providing pro bono services assisting young,
elderly, and disabled - may become national program
2, 2014 - Implementation of a pro
in Maryland for attorneys interested in being a representative payee for
a Social Security beneficiary was announced today by Carolyn W. Colvin,
Acting Commissioner of Social Security. Representative payees, she said,
provide crucial help to the most vulnerable individuals in our community
with their Social Security and Supplemental Security Income payments.
“The Maryland Representative Payee Pro
offers attorneys a chance to fulfill the Court of Appeals’ aspirational
goal of providing pro bono services – by assisting the young, elderly,
and disabled with their Social Security benefits,” Colvin said.
“Attorneys are held to high ethical standards and will serve this
at-risk population with the compassion and integrity they deserve.”
Any licensed Maryland attorney in good standing can volunteer for this
pilot project by registering at www.socialsecurity.gov/payee/probonopilot.htm.
Social Security will use the information provided to connect interested
attorneys with beneficiaries in need of the services.
The Maryland pilot will expand the network of
available candidates to help assist those in need. “The Pro
Bono Resource Center of Maryland supports the new pilot
project and looks forward to working with the Social Security
Administration in promoting this important opportunity to assist
vulnerable individuals to the Maryland legal community,” stated Sharon
E. Goldsmith, Executive Director of PBRC. PBRC serves as the designated pro
of the Maryland State Bar Association.
Representative payees provide a key service to Social Security
recipients who are unable to manage their benefits. Nearly 21 percent of
people who need help managing their payments do not have family members
or trusted friends who can help them.
Payees receive monthly payments on behalf of the beneficiary and use the
funds to meet the individual’s basic needs such as food, clothing, and
shelter. They also keep records and ensure that Social Security funds
are used to care for the recipient. Once the pilot is successful in
Maryland, the agency will consider expanding to states nationwide.
Colvin reinforced that “representative payees play a vital role in
serving our beneficiaries and creating a stable living environment for
the most vulnerable people in our society. I encourage eligible Maryland
attorneys to participate in this pilot
Click to register for the program