York County, SC: Sailor seeks pro bono assistance after stepfather liquidated all the money in her bank account without her permission

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

  • Location: York County
  • Organization: ABA Military Pro Bono Project (South Carolina)
  • Contact:
    Rachael Derham
  • Case Number: 22881

A Navy servicemember seeks pro bono assistance with an issue involving funds liquidated from her bank account without her permission. The servicemember opened a bank account when she was a minor to start saving her own money, and her stepfather helped her open a multi-party account with right of survivorship. She continued to use this account after she turned 18, got married, and joined the Navy. Her parents did not approve of her marriage due to her husband’s race, so her stepfather liquidated the thousands of dollars in her account without her permission, saying that he would only give the money back after her honorable discharge from the military. The servicemember seeks pro bono help to pursue the proper remedy.