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I have a 13 year old niece that is drawing social because my

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I have a 13 year old niece that is drawing social because my sister and her husband are both deceased. Initially, I wanted to put her social security money aside to use for her college education. However I've been told that if the money is not spent that the benefits will be discontinued. Is this true?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 1 year ago.
No, this is not true. If the child has no outstanding basic needs that this money needs to be used for, her Representative Payee can certainly put it into savings. Note that once she is 18, the SSA will typically require that you return it or give it to her. I'd likely pre-empt them by moving it into an account in her name if it isn't already in her name (such as in a 529 account as you went along).If you want me to find the written SSA word on this, so you have it, I can try to get to this later today, if you wish. I will ask for the site to add an "additional services" option for your use - totally optional.I hope this helps! My goal is to provide you with excellent and accurate service – if you feel you have gotten anything less, please reply back, I am happy to address follow-up questions. Kindly rate me "excellent" when you are done. I look forward to assisting you in the future, should you have legal questions. Be sure to start future posts with "To Stephanie O Joy Esq., ONLY" if you want me to specifically answer it. Sincerely, ***** ***** Joy, Esq.Your online legal resource!
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 1 year ago.
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