In the event that you can no longer manage your benefits, you and your family will have peace of mind knowing that someone you trust may be appointed to manage your benefits for you. If you need a representative payee to assist with the management of your benefits, SSA will first consider your advance designees. SSA must still fully evaluate them and determine their suitability at that time.
You can submit and update your advance designation request when you apply for benefits or after you are already receiving benefits. You may do so through your personal my Social Security account, contacting SSA by telephone at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), or at your local office.
Reposted from ssa.gov.