Since Robin Williams’ suicide on August 11, 2014, the late actor’s family have been feuding over how to divide his estate. The family, comprising of Williams’ third wife, Susan Williams, and his three children from previous marriages, Zachary, 31; Zelda, 25; and Cody, 23, are scheduled to meet in court today to continue their legal battle over Williams’ estate.
In December, Susan filed a lawsuit against Robin’s three children, alleging they had removed some of their father’s belongings — including personal photographs, memorabilia, and his clothing — from the home in Tiburon, California, that he and his third wife shared without her permission. In January, the children filed a countersuit, claiming that Susan was “adding insult to a terrible injury” by violating the trust agreement put in place between Robin and his children prior to his death.
“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 documents.
In March, before Williams’ family had reached an agreement regarding his personal belongings, Zelda took to her Tumblr account to air some of her grievances about the situation of Williams’ estate, and the drama it was causing among family.
“My brothers and I have not at any point since dad’s death been invited to or visited his and Susan’s house in Tiburon, nor have we removed anything from it. For reporters to twist Susan’s court petition to imply that she believes my siblings and I did otherwise is to attempt to create drama where there is none and spread outright falsehoods, sadly a more and more common occurrence on the ‘news’ these days.”
Though a settlement has been reached pertaining to Robin’s personal belongings, the family is still feuding over how much of the estate they believe Susan is entitled to. While the majority of his estate — including the proceeds from the sale of a house and property in Napa County — was left to his children, the home in Tiburon that he shared with Susan was left to her, along with enough money to maintain the home through her lifetime, and “all costs related to the residence.” The current family feud is over how much money is “enough.” In a petition filed by Susan, she believes this should include “all expenses associated with daily upkeep as well as unexpected renovations and improvements.”
The court appearance for Monday, June 1, was scheduled two months ago in the hopes that Robin Williams‘ family would have used the time to settle their dispute over the late actor’s estate. Sadly, that is not the case, and the family will meet in court later today.
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