TN 19 (12-11)
GN 00504.270 Reply to a Show Cause Order Advising the Social Security Administration of Potential Guardian Appointment
If a field office (FO) receives a show cause order, that notifies Social Security Administration (SSA) that a State court may appoint a guardian for a beneficiary, use the following procedure:
Determine if you need to reply. If so, contact with the Assistant Regional Commissioner (ARC) Program Operations and Systems (POS), Retirement, and Survivors, Insurance/Supplemental Security Income (RSI/SSI) Programs Branch may be necessary. Prepare the reply.
NOTE: As a model for the reply, use the notice in NL 00703.773. (This notice is on the Document Processing System (DPS) under RSI notices.)
Send a copy of the notice to the court issuing the show cause order. (If received in a component other than the FO, mail it to the servicing FO, Attention: Manager.)
Establish a follow up diary for a 30-day telephone follow up with the attorney of record (or petitioner) to learn if the court appointed a guardian. If the court appointed a guardian, obtain the name and address of the guardian.
Contact the guardian to see if he or she wishes to file as the beneficiary's representative payee. Ask the guardian to bring or mail a certified copy of the court order appointing him or her as the beneficiary's guardian. For information on when to suspend benefits, refer to GN 00504.110.