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Robin Williams’ Children, Widow Settle Bitter Estate Feud

“I feel like Robin’s voice has been heard and I can finally grieve in the home we shared together,” late actor’s widow says after reaching an agreement with Williams’ three children


Robin Williams' three children have settled their eight-month legal dispute with the late actor's widow over Williams' estimated $100 million estate.

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Robin Williams‘ three children have settled their legal dispute with the late actor’s widow over Williams’ estimated $100 million estate. The agreement, which still requires a judge’s approval, ends a bitter eight-month feud between the two parties that found them arguing over real estate property as well as personal items like photographs, over 50 bicycles, fossils, toys and his awards, including Williams’ Good Will Hunting Best Supporting Actor Academy Award, six Golden Globes, two Emmys and five Grammys. As part of the agreement, his children will retain the awards, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Williams’ updated will at the time of his August 2014 death left his entire estate to his three children – Zak, born to his first wife Valerie Velardi, and Zelda and Cody, born to second wife Marsha Garces Williams – but called for a special provision ensuring that his widow Susan Schneider Williams and her two teenage children would be taken care of. As part of the settlement, Schneider Williams and her sons can continue to live in the couple’s Bay Area house in Tiburon, California, but the Williams children would eventually inherit the property.

“While it’s hard to speak of this as a win, given it stems from the greatest loss of all, I am deeply grateful to the judge for helping resolve these issues. I can live in peace knowing that my husband’s wishes were honored,” Schneider Williams said in a statement (via People). “I feel like Robin’s voice has been heard and I can finally grieve in the home we shared together. While it was painful to have truckloads of his belongings removed from our home – it’s the few sentimental items I get to hold onto that mean everything to me.”

As part of the settlement, Schneider Williams will receive “only a fraction” of Williams’ $100 million estate, which should still be “sufficient to allow her to remain in the home for her lifetime,” the widow’s lawyers said in a statement. “Mrs. Williams is able to keep the few emotional items she requested, such as their wedding gifts, selected clothing items, a watch Robin often wore, plus the bike she and her husband bought together on their honeymoon.”

“The children are relieved to have this behind them,” Meredith Bushnell, the attorney for Williams’ children, told People. Williams’ three children initially accused the widow of seeking monetary “gifts” that far exceeded what was needed to maintain the couple’s Tiburon residence.

In a February petition, Williams’ children said they were “heartbroken” by the actor’s passing and criticized Schneider Williams for the way she “acted against [their father’s] wishes by challenging the plans he so carefully made for his estate,” despite being married to the actor for “less than three years.” They felt that Schneider Williams’ court documents “adds insult to terrible injury” by aiming to “prevent them from receiving what their father wanted them to receive.”

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