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(1) It is the intent of the Public Employees' Retirement System to provide benefit payments in an efficient manner consistent with the member's best interest. The system shall not knowingly allow payments to be made directly to persons who are determined legally incompetent or incapable of managing or directing the management of benefits. Any person applying for or receiving benefits who comes to be known as incapable of applying for, managing or directing the management of benefits by reason of mental or physical impairment, as certified by a medical doctor, shall be directed to obtain a conservator or legal guardian for purposes of applying for, receiving, managing and/or directing benefit payments. In the absence of a conservator or legal guardian or valid durable power of attorney, the Public Employees' Retirement System may designate a representative payee for such purposes. The benefit recipient may nominate a representative payee for consideration by the system in selecting a payee, and the system is responsible for selecting a payee, including an agency, organization, or institution, that will serve the interest of the benefit recipient. The system may also accept the Social Security Administration's designation of a representative payee to manage and direct funds paid by the system. The system shall have the authority to establish rules for the administration of this section.
(2) A representative payee shall be directed to apply benefits paid from the system only for the use and benefit of the benefit recipient. The system's obligations to a benefit recipient shall be discharged when it makes a correct payment to a representative payee on the benefit recipient's behalf. The system is without liability for the theft or misuse of benefits if the benefits were properly paid based upon the information available to the system at the time the payments were made.
(3) In the absence of a conservator, legal guardian or valid durable power of attorney, an unmarried benefit applicant who is deemed to be incapable of applying for, managing or directing his or her benefits, shall be entitled to receive annuity payments in an amount equal to a retirement allowance based on the maximum benefit payable to the member for life and with any remaining benefit at the death of the member payable pursuant to Section 25-11-117.1(1). Such payments shall be paid to the representative payee, designated by the system in accordance with the provisions of this section during the period of the benefit recipient's incapacity.
(4) In the absence of a conservator, legal guardian or valid durable power of attorney, any married benefit applicant who is deemed to be incapable of applying for, managing or directing his or her benefits, shall be paid a reduced retirement allowance under Option 2 as provided in Section 25-11-115, with the lawful spouse as the beneficiary. Such payments shall be paid to a representative payee as designated by the system in accordance with the provisions of this section during the period of the benefit recipient's incapacity.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Mississippi Code Title 25. Public Officers and Employees; Public Records § 25-11-115.2 § 25-11-115.2. Public Employees' Retirement System; intent; payments to conservator, legal guardian or representative payee for certain beneficiaries - last updated January 01, 2018 | https://codes.findlaw.com/ms/title-25-public-officers-and-employees-public-records/ms-code-sect-25-11-115-2.html
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