Lawyer says Ernie Banks worth $16,000, judge demands details

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CHICAGO — A probate judge requested details about Ernie Banks’ assets after an attorney for his former caregiver said the Hall of Famer had just $16,000 in assets when he died last month.

Judge James G. Riley on Tuesday gave caretaker Regina Rice 30 days to provide that information.

The hearing was part of a dispute over a will Banks signed in October that gives all of his assets to Rice. Banks’ family has said Rice coerced the ailing Banks into signing the will.

Banks’ attorneys didn’t accuse Rice of wrongdoing but say they believe Banks’ estate was worth far more than the preliminary estimate by Rice’s attorney and they want more information.

The ballplayer’s estranged wife, Elizabeth Banks, filed a petition last month to prevent Rice from cremating Banks’ remains.

 

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