The contested will of Ernie Banks was confirmed by a Cook County Judge on March 31, 2015, with the Court finding that Mr. Banks was of sound mind when he executed a will on October 17, 2015 that left all of his assets to his longtime caregiver. Mr. Banks’ family contested the will, arguing that he was not competent when it was executed and was coerced by the caregiver into leaving her all of his assets, rather than to his estranged wife and children. In upholding the will, the Court heard testimony from two paralegals who witnessed the will’s execution and who testified that he seemed of sound mind and not under any constraints. Whether the battle over the will is truly over remains to be seen as the media reports that Mr. Banks’ wife may pursue an appeal of the decision.
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