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Do I open a bank account in my name to have my daughter's benefits paid into, as I'm her appointee?

cobblescobbles Member Posts: 7 Listener
Hi   Do i open a bank account just in my name to have my daughters benefits paid into as i am her appointee

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  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 9,337 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome 

    I'm not too sure it depends if you want her to be able to access the account 

    Some people have the account in just appointee name and then transfer money as and when  required into the claimants account so the appointee can control what goes in and out 
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,954

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    Hi @cobbles as her appointee the money would usually be paid to you to then manage, yes. If you already have a bank account it can go into this, but some people do prefer a separate one just to make it easier to manage.
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  • MobileGamesMobileGames Member Posts: 88 Courageous
    I had my mum as power of attorney on my account from 16-32 years of age. The money went into mine and she drew out what was needed. Or you could set up standing orders to go out of her account into yours for electric,water,telephone,etc, if that's easier. I did that with mine. It stops any faffing about by you needing to go down and draw money out. 
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,007 Disability Gamechanger
    You absolutely need a separate bank account into which you put nothing but monies intended for her. If you don’t do this then further down the line there are inevitable problems separating out what you legally own; what you beneficially own and so on. 
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