SSA receives inquiries from claimants, representative payees, attorneys, claimant
representatives and the general public questioning proper procedure for returning
attorney fee checks and unendorsed Title II and Title XVI benefit checks. The individuals
who receive these checks may not be entitled to receive the funds for many reasons
including a period of nonentitlement, the death of the payee or the beneficiary, a
change in payee, substantial gainful activity, duplicate payments, etc.
NOTE: Returned unendorsed attorney fee checks should be processed the same as returned
unendorsed benefit checks (see GN 02405.010).