Robin Williams’ children accuse wife of seeking more income from his estate – Los Angeles Times
Talks over Robin Williamsâ€™ estate are at a stalemate as both his wife and children have not been able to come to a final agreement, court records show.
In the latest court saga, his children, Cody, Zelda and Zachary Williams, said that their fatherâ€™s wife, Susan Schneider Williams, is trying to get more money and is â€œseeking a guaranteedÂ income stream.â€
Under contention is the value of Williamsâ€™ Tiburon property, which he left to his wife after his death.
Schneider Williams says trustees overseeing the estate have provided calculations for the value of the property and its associated expenses but have not explained how they came up with those costs. She is asking the court to rule on the funding issue.
The Williamsâ€™ children say she is seeking more than what was discussed as part of the agreement and was â€œreasonablyÂ determinedâ€ for maintaining the property.
In documents filed Friday in San Francisco Superior Court, they say Schneider Williams â€œis seeking to increase her share of the trust assetsÂ at the expense of the Williamsâ€™ children.â€
Williamsâ€™ wife and children have been meeting to try to resolve the estateâ€™s issues, but according to Schneider Williams, the talks have not been successful.
The late actorâ€™s wife says she has not received any income from a trust he created for her to pay for her cost of living. She says there also are some items of personal property of sentimental value under dispute.
But the Williamsâ€™ children say the trustees already determined the personal property belongs to them.
The Williamsâ€™ children say she â€œerroneously asserted to the mediaâ€ and in documents that they are receiving a majority of assetsÂ in the estate.
â€œIn fact, about half of the trustâ€™s net assetsÂ will be placed in Susanâ€™s trust for her benefit for her lifetime, while at her death, her two children and the three Williams children will share the remainder of those assets, if any, one-fifth each,â€ they said in court documents.
At a hearing in June, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Andrew Cheng allowed both sides until July 29 to come to a resolution. But that date was continued to Aug. 28.
Williams committed suicide Aug. 11, 2014, in his Tiburon home.
His estate is estimated to be worth more than $100 million, his wife’s attorney, James Wagstaffe, said.
About 300 items, including books, bicycles, some artwork and watches, areÂ a matter of contention.
Williams left most of his estate to his childrenÂ â€”Â Cody, 23, and Zelda, 25, whose mother is Williamsâ€™ second wife, Marsha Garces; and Zachary, 31, Williamsâ€™ son with wife Valerie Velardi.
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