Robin Williams' Family Fight Over His Estate

By Christopher Coble, Esq. on June 03, 2015 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Robin Williams may be resting in peace, but his family isn't co-existing peacefully.

Months after Robin Williams died, his children and widow are still in a bitter battle over his estate. While Williams had a will dividing up his property, the fight centers on interpretation of certain provisions in that will.

The Provisions

In his will, Williams left his wife, Susan Williams, their house in Tiburon to live in during her lifetime. He also granted her a sum of money to maintain the home.

To his three children, Williams left them his home in Napa, all proceeds coming from that home, all his memorabilia and awards in the entertainment industry, clothing, jewelry, and other personal items.

The Dispute

The two parties are currently fighting over how to divide Williams' personal property and how much Susan should get to maintain the home.

Williams children argue that they are entitled to all of Williams' personal property as was laid out in the will. Susan claims that the children should only get Williams' property inside of the Napa home. Susan wants all of Williams stuff in the Tiburon home. Susan also wants to keep Williams slippers, boxers, and T-shirts.

Right now, the two sides are trying to work out the division among themselves through mediation.

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