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Family Of Late Robin Williams In Estate Dispute

Children And Wife Of Comedian Involved In Disagreement


The three children and wife of the late Robin Williams are said to be in disagreement over the arrangements of his estate, it has emerged.
According to papers filed at the San Francisco superior court, the dispute sees Williams' widow Susan Schneider accusing his children of taking the actor's personal belongings without her consent.

The items involved in the disagreement include those kept by Williams in storage across two of his homes, including his 1998 Oscar for the film Good Will Hunting as well as a number of watches.
In addition, the report explains how Williams' wife had asked that the items found in the home the couple shared were to be kept separate from those left to the children by the actor. 
Williams' children – Zachary, Zelda and Cody – argue that Susan is attempting to alter the agreement of their trust, adding "insult to terrible injury", and their entitlement to Williams' belongings should not be limited in any way. 
As the third wife of Williams, Ms Schneider married the actor and comedian in 2011, and was with him up to his death in August 2014.

Expert Opinion
Disagreements and dispute relating to wills and trusts are unfortunately quite common. This high-profile case is yet another example of the importance of taking legal advice and we would also urge people to remember the importance of preparing a comprehensive, clear will at the earliest opportunity, as well as to sit down with friends and family to discuss the decisions which have been made.

“The death of a family member is, of course, extremely distressing, and problems with the will of a loved one can add even further distress to relatives and friends. Common issues from failing to take advice include incorrectly distributing the estate and a lack of awareness of the tax issues which surround administering an estate – which can lead to missed tax deadlines and potential penalty charges.”
Paula Myers, Partner

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