If you’ve ever tried to speak with social security on behalf of your parent it’s likely you ran into a roadblock. You find this peculiar, especially since you are the power of attorney and have not had issues helping them in other similar areas. Because social security can affect eligibility for other benefits, social security prefers to deal only with the direct beneficiary. It does not accept the power of attorney designation in order to conduct business for another individual. Instead, social security uses the designation of “representative payee”. This designation allows social security to recoup benefits that are misused on behalf of the beneficiary and is seen as a positive protection on behalf of the beneficiary. .