*It seems money is a race of its own. There’s African American, Caucasian, Hispanic, and “Other” — which is where money resides; and it can cause people to act a fool, too. Especially when there’s lots of it. As in the kind our beloved Robin Williams had. The late comedian, actor, activist and philanthropist left behind a sizable estate that his wife and children are now fighting over. But money in its real form doesn’t seem to be the issue here, its other valuables like clothing and jewelry and what-have-you that is causing friction in the family.
The parties have started the process and filed papers in San Francisco Superior Court, to fight over the late comedian’s estate.
“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.
James Wagstaffe, an attorney for Susan Williams, said Monday that his client was only seeking guidance from the court about the meaning of certain terms in the trust.
“This is not ugly,” he said. “I would not say this is anticipated to be a highly contested proceeding.”
An attorney for the children, Allan Mayer, declined to comment.
Williams died at his Tiburon home in August. The coroner ruled his death a suicide that resulted from asphyxia caused by hanging.
Though Robin Williams publicly admitted to problems of substance abuse, the actor kept his problem with depression, later revealed by his wife Susan, a secret. Mrs. Williams also admitted to her husband having anxiety and a recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.
Williams had entered a substance abuse program shortly before his death. According to the coroner’s report, his wife told an investigator that Williams did not go there because of recent drug or alcohol abuse, but rather to reaffirm the principles of his rehabilitation.
Williams’ trust granted his children his memorabilia and awards in the entertainment industry and some other specific personal items, according to court documents. 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 in Napa.
“Any other interpretation would lead to Mrs. Williams’ home being stripped while Mrs. Williams still lives there,” her attorneys wrote.
The children dispute that interpretation, saying there were no specific limits on the location of those items.
The two sides also disagree over items put in storage, watches Williams owned and his memorabilia.