Robin Williams’ children and wife fight over his luxurious estate

February 3, 2015 5:01 pm

Unfortunately, ’ children and wife have gone to court in a fight over the late comedian’s estate. In papers filed
in December in Superior Court, Williams’ wife, Susan,
says some of the late actor’s personal items were taken without her
permission and asks the court to exclude the contents of the Tiburon
home that she shared with Williams from the jewelry, memorabilia and
other items Williams said the children should have.
The children,
Zachary, Zelda and Cody, counter that Susan Williams is “adding insult
to a terrible injury” by trying to change the trust agreement and rob
them of the late actor’s clothing and other personal items.

FILE – In this Nov. 13, 2011 file photo, Susan Schneider, from left,
Robin Williams, and Zelda Williams arrive at the premiere of “Happy Feet
Two” at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, in Los Angeles. Williams’ children
and wife are fighting over the late comedian’s estate in a California
court. In papers filed in December 2014 in San Francisco Superior Court,
Williams’ wife, Susan, accuses the comedian’s children from two
previous marriages of taking items without her permission. (AP
Photo/Katy Winn, File) 

“The
Williams’ children are heartbroken that Petitioner, Mr. Williams’ wife
of less than three years, has acted against his wishes by challenging
the plans he so carefully made for his estate,” attorneys for the
children said in court papers.
James
Wagstaffe, an attorney for Susan Williams, said Monday that his client
was only seeking guidance from the court about the meaning of certain
terms in the trust.

“This is not ugly,” he said. “I would not say this is anticipated to be a highly contested proceeding.”
An attorney for the children, Allan Mayer, declined to comment.
Williams
died at his Tiburon home in August. The coroner ruled his death a
suicide that resulted from asphyxia caused by hanging.
Susan
Williams has said the actor and comedian was struggling with depression,
anxiety and a recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.
Williams
had publicly acknowledged periodic struggles with substance abuse, and
he had entered a substance abuse program shortly before his death.
According to the coroner’s report, his wife told an investigator that
Williams did not go there because of recent drug or alcohol abuse, but
rather to reaffirm the principles of his rehabilitation.

Williams’
trust granted his children his memorabilia and awards in the
entertainment industry and some other specific personal items, according
to court documents. Susan Williams says that because he wanted her to
continue to live at the Tiburon home, it makes sense that he intended
only for his children to have the specific personal items he delineated
that were kept at another home he owned in Napa.
“Any
other interpretation would lead to Mrs. Williams’ home being stripped
while Mrs. Williams still lives there,” her attorneys wrote.
The children dispute that interpretation, saying there were no specific limits on the location of those items.
The two sides also disagree over items put in storage, watches Williams owned and his memorabilia.
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