Estate of Denial news clips (9/26/16)

Proposed settlement in fight over Ernie Banks’ estate dealt blow (IL)

Chicago Tribune

September 21, 2016

Lawyers for the widow of Ernie Banks abruptly withdrew Wednesday from the dispute over the estate of the late Cubs great, leaving a proposed settlement in limbo and signifying the case could go to trial.

For nearly two years, Elizabeth Banks has been contesting a will signed by Banks three months before his death in January 2015 that left his entire inheritance to Regina Rice, a longtime friend who took care of his financial affairs, and named her as executor of the estate.


Who Would Inherit Darth Vader’s Estate?

JD Supra (press release)

September 21, 2016

Who would be the beneficiary of the estate of Darth Vader? The answer is more than just an exercise in Star Wars fiction; in fact, the answer can teach us important lessons about estate disputes in our real world. In case you did not read my earlier blog post, in which I asked the same question about Han Solo’s estate, you can find that post here.


Carer accused of stealing $1.2m from bank account of Victorian man (AU)

ABC Online

September 22, 2016

A female carer is alleged to have stolen $1.2 million from an unsuspecting Victorian man who believed they were in a relationship, in a “devastating” case of financial elder abuse.

The man, who will be referred to as William for legal reasons, was in his early 80s when he met the woman at a casino around six years ago.