Fight over actor’s estate extended
The widow of Robin Williams and his children will have more time to hash out their dispute over the late actor’s estate.
His widow, Susan Schneider, and his children have been working to resolve their issues through negotiations and mediation but have not reached a settlement, according to San Francisco County Superior Court documents.
The family has come to an agreement on how to distribute the disputed items, but some issues still need to be worked out.
About 300 items, including books, bicycles, some artwork and watches, are still a matter of contention.
At a hearing Monday, Superior Court Judge Andrew Cheng allowed both sides until July 29 to come to a resolution.
Following a March 30 hearing, movers, lawyers and agents stripped Williams’ Tiburon, Calif., home of thousands of personal property items, removing art off walls and emptying closets, according to court documents.
“It was an incredibly invasive process made exponentially more difficult by the fact that so many of the items taken were intimately connected with Susan’s memories of her husband, who had only recently passed away,” her attorney James Wagstaffe said in court documents.
Williams’ children are also entitled to receive his clothing as a part of his trust, an issue particularly sentimental to the late actor’s widow.
Schneider is asking to keep some items, such as his slippers and old T-shirts he often wore, because they remind her of him, Wagstaffe told the Los Angeles Times.
Robin Williams committed suicide Aug. 11, 2014, in his home.
He left most of his estate to his children, Cody Williams, 23, and Zelda Williams, 25, and Zachary Williams, 31. The mother of the youngest two is Williams’ second wife, Marsha Garces; Zachary Williams’ mother is the actor’s first wife, Valerie Velardi.
According to court documents filed by Schneider, Williams had ensured that his children receive any future income from his acting career, life insurance proceeds, a property in Napa, liquid assets and valuable pieces of personal belongings. Williams’ estate is estimated at more than $100 million, Wagstaffe said.
Williams also made sure his widow and her two sons received substantial gifts, including the home they shared.