A determination that a beneficiary is incapable effectively takes away his or her
right to decide how benefits are used. Therefore, you must carefully consider all
evidence, use sound and reasoned judgment, and properly document the capability determination.
For information on documenting your capability determination, see GN 00502.065.
When making a capability determination, give primary consideration to the beneficiary's
best interests. Do not feel compelled to find a beneficiary incapable in order to
provide him or her “protection” or as a matter of convenience.