Fight over ac­tor’s es­tate ex­tended

Los Angeles Times - - OBITUARIES - By Veron­ica Rocha veron­ica.rocha @la­times.com

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.

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