Robin Williams' Wife & Kids' Fight Over His Estate Goes to Court

Robin WilliamsUgh -- death sometimes has a way of bringing out the worst in people. It's just such a tragedy to lose a loved one, especially someone so beloved as Robin Williams. No doubt that his widow and three children miss him fiercely in the almost six months since he died, but the fact that they are reportedly now arguing over his estate is just heartbreaking.

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It appears as though Williams provided for his wife, Susan Schneider, the Tiburon home which they shared, along with "the contents thereof," with some restrictions. His wife since 2011, the late actor also left a provision to provide enough income to cover "all costs related to the residence" for her lifetime.

Williams' kids, 31-year-old Zak, from his first marriage to Valerie Velardi, and Zelda, 25, and Cody, 23, with his ex-wife Marsha Garces Williams, claim in legal documents that their stepmom is attempting to "redefine" his will for her own benefit.

The main point of contention is the Oscar winner's personal effects and collections. His most recent trust (that was updated to benefit Susan) specifies that his "clothing, jewelry, personal photos taken prior to his marriage to Susan," his "memorabilia and awards in the entertainment industry," and additional property kept at his second home in Napa be given to his children.

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Schneider claims that items went missing from her Marin County home in the days after her husband tragically took his own life, but the kids claim they have been denied access to the home and haven't even been there.

While Schneider acknowledges that she doesn't have a legal claim to the memorabilia related to Williams' acting career (like his Mork & Mindy suspenders), she does want other items like the tux he wore at the their wedding. She also wants access to "Mr. Williams's personal collections of knickknacks and other items that are not associated with his famous persona."

His kids took offense to the reference of their father's beloved collections of graphic novels, action figures, theater masks, movie posters, and other artifacts as "knickknacks." They claim those items were "crucial fuel for his seemingly boundless creativity."

Their legal response stated, "These collections were carefully amassed by Mr. Williams over his lifetime and were precious to him ... As the Williams children grew, so did their father's collections and they shared in their father's excitement as additions were made to his collection."

Ugh, what a crappy situation. It's so hard when something so devastating happens, and no one has any real outlet to express their pain and frustration over their loss.

We just hope that Robin Williams' widow and children can come to some sort of amicable agreement, for his memory's sake, if nothing else.

Do you think Robin Williams' widow is being reasonable?

 

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