Hall of Fame Major League Baseball player Ernie Banks had a will that left all of his Earthly belongings to his caretaker instead of his wife. His wife has taken issue with that fact and has opted to challenge that will.
The judge presiding over the contested will case has ordered the caretaker to compile an asset list. The caretaker had estimated the estate's value at $16,000. The estate includes Banks' Hall of Fame ring, Presidential Medal of Freedom, a 2007 Lexus and baseballs that were autographed by Hillary and Bill Clinton.
In this case, Banks' wife seemed to not know about the will. She was awarded his estate in January when she claimed he didn't have a will. Not long after, the caretaker and confidante filed a will for Banks.
The judge had already determined in March that the will was a valid will; however, the Banks family claims that he was coerced into signing the will. The two witnesses of the will said the man seemed healthy when it was executed. The will was signed in October of 2014, and Banks died in January of 2015.
Although this case isn't taking place in California, it is a good reminder for anyone who is creating a will to make sure that the will is clear. It is also a good idea to let family members know about the will so that it doesn't come a shock when a will is filed. When family members don't know about a will, they might feel the need to fight the validity of the will and seek to contest it.
Source: Fox Sports, "Ernie Banks' caretaker details estate left by Cubs great," April. 29, 2015