Social Security Office
This Jan. 11, 2013, file photo shows the Social Security Administration's main campus in Woodlawn, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Social Security in search of volunteer lawyers (access required)

Dementia, developmental disabilities and other health issues make it impossible for millions of Social Security recipients to manage their own benefits. In those cases — more than 8 million a year — the Social Security Administration generally appoints a friend or family member to serve as the beneficiary’s “representative payee.” But in 21 percent of such cases there’s another problem: no friend or family member can be found. And, as the population ages, the agency expects the problem to get worse.

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