The legal battle, which is playing out in California courts, pits his third wife and widow, Susan Schneider Williams against Williams’ three children from two previous marriages.
Zak, 31, is his son by his first wife, Valerie Velardi. Zelda, 25, and Cody, 23, are by his second wife, Marsha Garces Williams.
Susan married Robin in 2011 and was always viewed as an outsider by the children, who maintained close ties to their father, according to The New York Times, which broke the story.
Susan Williams was the first to file a legal broadside in San Francisco courts, charging that the three children “unilaterally removed” property she’s entitled to from their Tiburon home shortly after his death.
The children denied through a spokesman that the had been in the house. The also said they removed nothing.
They charged in a response to her lawsuit that Susan Williams was married to their father for “less than three years” and is trying to thwart his wishes “by challenging the plans he so carefully made for his estate.”
The comedian, whose showbiz career spanned some 40 years, outlined how he wanted his estate disbursed in a will that seems to cover most of the bases. He left his estate to a trust.
The trust covers the children as well as Susan Williams, who also signed a pre-nup before their 2011 marriage, according to The Times.
The updated trust specified that his children would receive clothing, jewelry and personal photos taken prior to his marriage to Susan, his entertainment industry memorabilia and awards and other property at a Napa, Calif. home.
The parties are even arguing over what Susan Williams termed “knickknacks that she feels entitled to. The children claim they include graphic novels, action figures, theater masks, movie posters and other artifacts that the comedian cherished and drew inspiration from.
Ironically, both sides have cloaked their legal maneuvering in a veil of grief and argued that the legal squabbling is preventing them form finding closure for Robin Williams’ sudden death.
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