Attorneys of Ernie Banks’ widow withdraw in suit over estate

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CHICAGO — Attorneys representing the widow of baseball great Ernie Banks have withdrawn from a lawsuit over the late Chicago Cubs player’s estate.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Elizabeth Banks has been contesting a will that Banks signed three month before his death in January 2015. It left his inheritance to Regina Rice, a longtime friend who took care of his financial affairs.

Elizabeth Banks, who was in the process of divorcing the 83-year-old at the time of his death, alleged in a petition in county probate court that Rice “isolated and controlled” him in the final months of his life.

Both sides recently had told a judge that they were close to a settlement.

Bank’s attorney Thomas Jefson asked to withdraw from the case Wednesday. He didn’t state a reason for the withdrawal.