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Susan Williams and Robin Williams’ three children from previous marriages reached a settlement in their legal fight over the late actor’s estate, attorneys for the two sides said on October 2.

Jim Wagstaffe, who is representing Robin Williams’ widow, said his client will remain in the San Francisco Bay Area home she shared with the actor and receive living expenses for the rest of her life.

The lawyer said Susan Williams also will receive a watch the actor often wore, a bike they bought on their honeymoon, and the gifts received for their wedding.

Meredith Bushnell, who is representing the three children from previous marriage – Zachary, Zelda and Cody, said: “I think they’re just very happy to have this behind them.”

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The settlement, which is subject to a judge’s approval, ends a bitter and public dispute following Robin Williams’ suicide in 2014.

Among the items in dispute were watches, memorabilia, the tuxedo he was married in and photographs taken on his 60th birthday, according to court documents and previous statements by attorney Jim Wagstaffe.

Susan Williams said in papers filed in December that the contents of the San Francisco Bay Area home she shared with Robin Williams should be excluded from the items the actor left to his children.

She also claimed some of Robin Williams’ personal items were taken without her permission.

Robin Williams’ three children countered that the widow was “adding insult to a terrible injury” by trying to change the trust agreement and deprive them of items that their father clearly intended to leave to them.


Robin Williams’ widow, Susan Schneider Williams, and his adult children have been given eight more weeks to resolve a dispute over the division of the actor’s estate.

In March, a San Francisco judge gave both parties eight weeks to settle their disagreement, relating to roughly 1,200 of the star’s personal items.

Some 300 items are still disputed, as well as the money required to maintain one of his homes.

The judge gave the two sides until the end of July to resolve the differences.Robin Williams widow Susan Schneider

Among the items Susan Schneider Williams wants to keep are the tuxedo the actor wore to their wedding, his slippers, T-shirts and some boxer shorts.

Robin Williams and Susan Schneider had been married for three years before the actor took his own life in August 2014.

Both parties also need to resolve the value of a reserve fund to allow Susan Schneider Williams to maintain the San Francisco home Robin Williams left to her, with instructions she receive enough money to keep it up through her lifetime.

Robin Williams left most of his estate to his three children – Zachary, Zelda and Cody – from a previous marriage.

In legal papers filed in December, Susan Schneider Williams said the contents of their home should be excluded from the items Robin Williams left his children.

Robin Williams’ children claimed their father’s widow was “adding insult to a terrible injury” by trying to change the trust agreement and rob them of items their father clearly intended them to have.

Susan Schneider Williams’ lawyer, James Wagstaffe, described her as “an emotionally grieving widow who is trying to honor her husband”.

James Wagstaffe said his client was seeking the equivalent of a “small bucket of water from a lake”, saying Robin Williams had left his three children and a former wife more than $100 million.


Nearly six months after the death of Robin Williams, his widow, Susan Schneider, and children have gone to court in a dispute over the late comedian’s estate.

In papers filed in December in San Francisco Superior Court, Susan Schneider accused his children of taking items without her permission.

Robin Williams’ children – Zachary, Zelda and Cody – argued that Susan Schneider was “adding insult to a terrible injury” by trying to change their trust agreement.Robin Williams and wife Susan Schneider

The dispute involves items Robin Williams kept at two homes and in storage.

Susan Schneider Williams has requested that the contents of the home she shared with her husband be excluded from the jewellery, memorabilia and other items her husband said his children should have.

Robin Williams’ children have taken issue with this suggestion, saying there should be no limits placed on the items to which they are entitled.

Items in dispute include the actor’s collection of watches and the Oscar statuette he won in 1998 for Good Will Hunting.

Robin Williams, who married his third wife Susan Schneider in 2011, died from hanging at his home in Tiburon, California, in August 2014.

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