In the weeks following the death of Chicago Cubs shortstop Ernie Banks, it was apparent that the Banks family faced unwanted surprises and challenges. Bleacher Report columnist Tim Daniels writes that Banks’ estate was revealed to hold only $16,000 in assets, much less than expected. Additionally, Banks, in his declining health, signed a new will three months before his death, directing his estate to his caretaker instead of his family. The mourning family and other individuals involved are trying to understand how the situation came to be and where the money went.
Recently, news broke that the costs of Ernie Banks’ funeral have gone unpaid, and the provider of the service has filed a claim, effectively adding to the legal strife. Upon hearing this news, the Chicago Cubs committed to cover the $35,000 claim, as an effort to alleviate some of the burden on the Banks family.