If at any time the field office (FO) learns that a court has initiated an action or
issued an order requiring a payee to resign, turn benefits over to another, or use
the benefits in a specific manner, the FO will notify the regional office (RO) for
consultation with the Office of General Counsel (OGC).
On a case-by-case basis, the RO may determine the need to seek OGC assistance in drafting
a letter to the payee explaining that social security law governs a payee’s use of
benefits. The payee may use that letter to pursue the matter further with the court.
not contact the court directly.