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ROBIN WILLIAMS’ WIDOW LAUNCHES PROCEEDINGS OVER TRUST

12February
2015

Robin Wiliams’ widow, Susan Schneider, claims she was forced to resort to court action to prevent his children from stripping the home she shared with him, as reported by the Associated Press in a recent edition of The Guardian.

According to court documents, William’s three children from two different relationships, Zachary, Zelda and Cody, were granted his memorabilia and awards in the entertainment industry, and other specific items of personalty. They have accused Schneider of trying to change the trust agreement and rob them of their inheritance.

Neither side claims that the location of the items was specifically delineated. However, Schneider claims that the only logical interpretation is that the children were to have those items kept at Williams’ Napa, California home, only, because it was anticipated that she would continue to live in the one located in Tiburon, California. She accused the children of removing contents of the Tiburon home that she shared with Williams without her permission. She requests that the court exclude the jewelry, memorabilia and other items in the Tiburon home.

Attorneys for the children have said in filings that “[T]he Williams children are heartbroken that petitioner, Mr. Williams’s wife of less than three years, has acted against his wishes by challenging the plans he so carefully made for his estate.”

The parties also disagree over items in storage, watches owned by Williams and certain memorabilia.

The sad commentary is that despite Williams careful planning to avoid the all too frequent family battles, he was unable to spare his family.

 

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