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Friday 15 December 2017

Robin Williams' widow disputes will

Actor Robin Williams and his wife Susan Schneider (L)
Actor Robin Williams and his wife Susan Schneider (L)

Robin Williams' children and wife have gone to court in a fight over the late comedian's estate.

In papers filed in December in San Francisco Superior Court, Williams' wife, Susan, says some of the late actor's personal items were taken without her permission and asks the court to exclude the contents of the Tiburon home that she shared with Williams from the jewellery, memorabilia and other items Williams said the children should have.

Williams died at his Tiburon home in August.

The children, Zachary, Zelda and Cody, counter that Susan Williams is "adding insult to a terrible injury" by trying to change the trust agreement and rob them of the late actor's clothing and other personal items.

"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 papers.

An attorney for Susan Williams said his client was only seeking guidance from the court about the meaning of certain terms in the trust.

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Williams' trust granted his children his memorabilia and awards in the entertainment industry and some other specific personal items.

Susan Williams says that because he wanted her to continue to live at the Tiburon home, it makes sense that he intended only for his children to have the specific personal items he delineated that were kept at another home he owned.

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