Quick Answer: Do You Get Paid For Being A Guardian?

What is guardian payment?

Guardian’s Payment (Non-Contributory) is a non-contributory payment for a child who is not entitled to the contributory payment.

The means test for this is based on the child’s means.

Payment is made to the child’s guardian until the child turns 18 or, if the child is in full-time education, until they turn 22..

The SSA can designate a representative payee for a child or a disabled adult that is not competent to manage his or her own SSD benefit payments. As a legal guardian, you are not automatically assigned representative payee status. You must apply for this status with the SSA.

Does Social Security recognize guardianship?

Yes. Social Security does not instruct or guide the guardian payee in how to compute fees. As noted, SSA generally allows representative payees who are legal guardians to deduct court authorized guardianship fees and those fees may be deducted from Social Security benefits.

A guardian is generally paid an amount which is not more than five percent of the ward’s yearly income. The amount may vary slightly, but in no case should the guardian’s compensation be fixed at less than fifty dollars for a year.

Guardians receive an allowance, known as a guardianship allowance, to enable them to meet the needs of the child or young person. The guardianship allowance is the same rate as the Department of COmmunities and Justice ( DCJ ) statutory care allowance.

Who pays for a court appointed guardian?

If the judge creates a guardianship, the fees can be paid out of the ward’s estate. However, if the court does not appoint a guardian or finds that the application was filed in bad faith, the applicant may be denied reimbursement for the expenses he or she incurred in filing.