will leaving his small estate to a caregiver, charges his estranged wife. Seems like she isn’t done
with him yet.
In a case for resolving marital disputes sooner rather than later, the battle between Ernie Banks
and his fourth wife, Elizabeth Banks, has now extended into an estate battle. The couple’s long
and contentious divorce was still on-going when he passed away at age 83 this past January.
Elizabeth Banks is disputing a March court ruling that validated Banks’ will, which left all of his
estate to a caregiver, Regina Rice.
The Chicago Tribune reported that Elizabeth Banks argued in the filing that Ernie’s health was in
a rapid state of decline since the preceding October when he was injured in a fall. Rice, a
longtime friend to Ernie Banks, took him in to live with her at her home in Plainfield, Illinois
while he was recovering.
Elizabeth Banks alleged in those March proceedings that Regina Rice coerced the ailing baseball
legend and “Mr. Cub” into making changes to his will to give Regina all of the assets. However,
two paralegals testified in the case that Ernie had the capacity and was of sound mind during
the notarization of the will changes. The witnesses also said Ernie also said to them that he
didn’t plan to leave money to his family.
Regina Rice has told the media that Ernie’s estate was worth a little more than $16,000 when he
For more on this story see a recent Sporting News article titled “Estranged wife claims Ernie
Banks had dementia when he signed will.”
Make sure that your estate plan is legal and solid, so that there are no conflicts over your assets.
Contact a qualified estate planning attorney to discuss your situation.
Reference: Sporting News (July 27, 2015) “Estranged wife claims Ernie Banks had dementia
when he signed will”