Ernie Banks' family alleges agent trying to take his estate

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According to a statement by the family attorney for Ernie Banks, the agent for the Cubs legend had Banks sign a new will giving all his assets to her three months before his death.
CHICAGO - 1969: Ernie Banks #14 of the Chicago Cubs in the dugout during a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois in 1969. (Photo by Rogers Photo Archive/Getty Images)
In this March 24, 2014, photo Chicago Cubs' Hall of Famer Ernie Banks smiles after an interview at the Cubs offices in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Chicago Cubs Ernie Banks gets his 500th hit on May 12, 1970. (Photo by Ronald L. Mrowiec/Sporting News via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - CIRCA 1977: Former Chicago Cubs second baseman and Hall of Famer Ernie Banks is inducted into the Cubs Hall of Fame at Wrilgey Field in Chicago, Illinois (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
President Barack Obama awards Baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, of the Chicago Cubs, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Baseball Hall of Famer, former Chicago Cub Ernie Banks, left, covers his face as President Barack Obama, a Chicago White Sox fan, teases him in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, during a ceremony where the president awarded Banks, former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee, center, former President Bill Clinton, and others with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
President Barack Obama awards Baseball Hall-of-Famer Ernie Banks, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, left, talks with Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks before an interleague baseball game at Wrigley Field between the Cubs and the Yankees on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, left, gives an interview to Alfred G. Santasiere III, Yankees director of publications, with Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks before an interleague baseball game at Wrigley Field between the Cubs and the Yankees on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, left, talks with Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks before an interleague baseball game at Wrigley Field between the Cubs and the Yankees on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Former Chicago Cubs player Ernie Banks is recognized before the Arizona Diamondbacks faced the Cubs on the 100th anniversary of the first baseball game at Wrigley Field, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)
Chicago Cubs' Hall of Fame infielder, "Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks shields his eyes from a spotlight during the Cubs' annual winter baseball convention Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Former Chicago Cubs first baseman Ernie Banks waves to the crowd before the Cubs' baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, in Chicago. Banks is among 16 people that President Barack Obama will honor later this year with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)
CHICAGO - APRIL 05: A statue of former Chicago Cubs baseball star and hall of famer Ernie Banks sits outside Wrigley Field on April 05, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - APRIL 05: A statue of former Chicago Cubs baseball star and hall of famer Ernie Banks sits outside Wrigley Field on April 05, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 13: Hall of Famer Ernie Banks is recognized before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds for receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom on August 13, 2013 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 13: Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, left, stands with Hall of Famer Billy Williams as Banks is recognized before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds for receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom on August 13, 2013 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 09: 'Mr. Cub' Ernie Banks during the 2012 Dempster Foundation casino night at Palmer House Hotel on May 9, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 09: Host Ryan Dempster and 'Mr. Cub' Ernie Banks chat during the 2012 Dempster Foundation casino night at Palmer House Hotel on May 9, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 19, 1984: Former Chicago Cub's star Ernie Banks known as Mr. Cub embraces his new wife, Marjorie Holmes Banks, at a party at Lincoln Park Zoo June 19, 1984 in Chicago, Illinois. They were married June 14 in Beverly Hills and plan to go to Norway for their honeymoon. Marjorie works for the Chicago Transit Authority. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 2, 1984: Former great Ernie Banks #14 of the Chicago Cubs prior to Game 1 of the 1984 National League Championship Series against the San Diego Padres on October 2, 1984 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
JUL 12 1984, JUL 14 1984; Although he was at Brooklyn's to sign autographs Ernie Banks 'Mr. Cub' had trouble keeping his eyes off the television where the Cubs were playing the Dodgers; (Photo By Dennis Chamberlin/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
SEP 30 1983, OCT 1 1983; Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks gives thanks for fair weather.; (Photo By Damian Strohmeyer/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22, 1981: Baseball Hall of Famer and former Chicago Cubs second baseman Ernie Banks has gone back to school at age 50. He enrolled at Harry S. Truman College in Chicago, 8/21, for a bachelors degree in marketing and finance to further his career in banking. The former Chicago Cub's infielder currently is vice president in charge of commercial loans at Chicago's Bank of Ravenswood, Banks, in 2/7/81 file photo, is also affiliated with the Cubs as acting director of group sales in public relations. (Photo by Joe Traver/Sporting News via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 19, 1977: Ernie Banks gets kissed from his mother, Essie and his wife, Eloyce, (R) after he was elected January 19, 1977 to the Baseball Hall of Fame. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
UNDATED: Chicago Cubs' slugger Ernie Banks #14 poses in his National Team uniform circa the 1980's during the Cracker Jack Classic. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - CIRCA 1976: Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs circa 1976 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
COOPERSTOWN, NY - AUGUST 8, 1977: Former Chicago Cubs second baseman Ernie Banks acknowledges cheers August 8, 1977 as he is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, KS - CIRCA 1972: Ernie Banks, first winner of the Ernie Mehl Award, admires the world's largest trophy along with Mehl, retired sports editor of the Kansas City Star, and Ewing Kauffman, owner of the Royals. The trophy stands 10 feet, 8 inches and weights 325 pounds. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
Joe Ferguson #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs talk during the 1973 season. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 4, 1994: Chicago Cubs announcer Jack Brickhouse and Ernie Banks circa 1970 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH - 1970: Firstbaseman Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs takes his position as Richie Hebner of the Pittsburgh Pirates leads off during a game in 1970 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by: Diamond Images/Getty Images)
CHICAGO. IL - SEPTEMBER 23, 1969: Fan waves a scorecard as Ernie Banks of the Chicago CUbs reacts after he recorded 2500th hit as Joe Torre #9 of the St. Louis Carinals looks on September 23, 1969 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
CHICAGO - 1969: Ernie Banks #14 of the Chicago Cubs on the field during a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois in 1969. (Photo by Rogers Photo Archive/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - 1969: (L to R) Broadcaster Tony Kubek from NBC interviews firstbaseman Ernie Banks #14 of the Chicago Cubs prior to a game in 1969 at Wrigley Field in Chicago Illinois. (Photo by: Diamond Images/Getty Images)
In this March 24, 2014, photo Chicago Cubs' Hall of Famer Ernie Banks talks during an interview at the Cubs offices in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
In this March 24, 2014, photo Chicago Cubs' Hall of Famer Ernie Banks talks during an interview at the Cubs offices in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR CHASE MARRIOTT REWARDS - Chicago baseball legends Ernie Banks and Andrew Dawson and 2014 All Star Anthony Rizzo, prepare to meet Chase Marriott Rewards cardmembers on Friday, July 11, 2014 in Chicago. (Photo by Peter Barreras/Invision for Chase Marriott Rewards/AP Images)
ROSEMONT, IL - SEPTEMBER 26: Ernie Banks and guest attends the 39th Ryder Cup gala at Akoo Theatre at Rosemont on September 26, 2012 in Rosemont, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR CHASE MARRIOTT REWARDS - Chase Marriott Rewards cardmembers participate in a Q&A with Chicago baseball legends Ernie Banks and current player Anthony Rizzo, on Friday, July 11, 2014 in Chicago. (Photo by Peter Barreras/Invision for Chase Marriott Rewards/AP Images)
Chase Marriott Rewards cardmembers meet Chicago baseball legends Ernie Banks and Andrew Dawson and 2014 All Star Anthony Rizzo, on Friday, July 11, 2014 in Chicago. (Photo by Peter Barreras/Invision for Chase Marriott Rewards/AP Images)
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CHICAGO - According to a statement by the family attorney for Ernie Banks, the agent for the Cubs legend had Banks sign a new will giving all his assets to her three months before his death.

The statement says the family believes Banks was ill when he signed the new will. Son Jerry Banks said he believed agent Regina Rice, "coerced him to give all his assets to her," according to the statement.

WGN has obtained all documents pertaining to Banks' estate, as well as his death certificate. The trust excludes Banks's wife and children. The death certificate lists dementia as a significant contributing factor to his death.

Joey Banks, another son and twin brother of Jerry, said, "In my opinion, she was using him, manipulating him and controlled him."

"Our family finds it suspicious that prior to our father's sudden death, we spoke often to Ms. Rice because she made it difficult for us to speak directly to him," Jerry Banks said. "However, she purposefully never told us that while our father was ill, he signed documents giving her total control."

Jerry Banks said the family was also concerned of Rice's wishes to have Banks cremated, as they say their father never told them he wanted to be cremated.

According to Banks family attorney Mark Bogen, the family plans to "vigorously fight and contest" the will. They said they didn't know of the new will until after Banks's funeral.

In a statement to WGN, Regina Rice says,

Ernie Banks' death was an immeasurable loss to the world and moreover, it left a tremendous void in my life. Ernie was an intricate part of my life for over twelve (12) years. Ernie trusted me to carry out his wishes, some during his lifetime and others after his life. He made me promise to adhere to his wishes and I am determined to do just that. I am also still grieving for this great man and I would ask that the media respect this and allow me to carry out the duties that Ernie set out for me to do; the court activity and record will accurately reflect the story.

It is understandable that Ernie's family is concerned at this very sad time. However, the record and those closest to Ernie will dispel any iota of concern regarding my relationship with Ernie and his trust in me to carrying out his wishes. I will not participate in any verbal jousting with Ernie's family or do anything to bring negativity to the legacy of such a dear and honorable and extremely positive man. Ernie would have hated that.

Banks died Jan. 23 of a heart attack. He was 83 years old.

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