I just concluded reading the Chicago Tribune Article by Annie Sweeney concerning March 30, 2015’s hearing in Cook County, Illinois regarding the validity of Ernie Banks’ Will.
For those that do not know who he was – almost impossible for someone who lived in Chicago in the 1950s, 1960s, or 1970s – he was given the nickname “Mr. Cub.” He is enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York and is credited with saying “It’s a beautiful day for a ballgame . . . Let’s play two!”
The judge found that the Will was valid based upon testimony of two paralegals who were employees of the law firm that prepared the Will who observed Mr. Banks signing the Will. As one would think, the witnesses testified to Mr. Banks’ competence.
In the Will, Banks did not leave anything to his family. Rather, it left everything to a woman, Regina Rice, who has been described as his caregiver, but also has a talent management company, Ricer Enterprises.
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