regained the power to make decisions about and control his own money
For many years, Mark’s mother had served as his payee, managing his financial affairs. As his mother got older, she started to forget to pay his bills on time, and he decided he wanted to control his own finances. The Social Security Administration (SSA) told him he would need a written order from his physician stating he was capable of making financial decisions, but his physician refused. Disability Rights Texas agreed to assist Mark in regaining the power to make decisions regarding his money. The advocate helped Mark revoke his mother’s Power of Attorney over financial matters, circumventing the requirement of a physician’s letter. Mark now receives his own Social Security check and has opened a bank account. DRTx referred him to a local Independent Living Center that offers training on money matters.