Robin Williams' family in estate dispute

LAWSUIT: The late comedian's wife (right) is tussling over his estate with his children from two previous marriages, including Zak (left). PHOTO: INTERNET


    Feb 04, 2015

    Robin Williams' family in estate dispute


    NEARLY six months after Robin Williams' death, his widow and children are fighting over his estate.

    Court documents filed in December and last month outline a spat over money and property between his third wife, Susan Schneider Williams, and Zak, Zelda and Cody Williams, his children from two previous marriages.

    At stake are his wealth and memorabilia including his clothes, collectibles, collections and personal photos.

    Williams, 63, committed suicide in his home in Tiburon, California, in August. In papers filed in San Francisco and California, Susan, who married Williams in 2011, alleged that some property was "unilaterally removed" from their home days after his death.

    In a filed response, Zak, 31, Zelda, 25, and Cody, 23, say they "are heartbroken" that she has "acted against (their dad's) wishes by challenging the plans he so carefully made for his estate".

    Williams had left his estate to his children in a trust. It also called for the creation of a trust for Susan, a painter and graphic designer with two sons. This included the Tiburon home and "the contents thereof". Her petition states that this should include expenses for daily upkeep and renovations.

    Williams' children faulted her for appearing to be arguing for more funds before her trust had even been funded.

    In the updated trust, Williams left his personal belongings, pre-wedding photos to Susan, his "memorabilia and awards", and property kept in his Napa, California, home to his children.

    Susan's lawyers said that she was given only three days' notice in September by the trustees of the main trust of their intention to remove items they believed to be bequeathed to the children. She blocked their access, because she "became frightened of the co-trustees invading her home".

    The children countered that they still have no access to the Tiburon home while others are allowed in, including appraisers and workers who designed and completed a US$30,000 (S$40,600) renovation, the court papers contend.