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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Robin WIlliams' Widow Takes Stepchildren to Court

Robin and Susan

Robin Williams’ widow Susan Schneider and his children are entangled in a legal battle over the comedian’s personal items he kept in the house where he committed suicide last August. 

Susan seeks to prevent Zachary, Zelda and Cody from taking anything that was in their father’s Tiburon, California home, claiming that it belongs to her.  She also argues that some of Williams’ personal items were taken from his home without her permission. 

The children say that Susan is “adding insult to a terrible injury” in attempting to alter the trust and rob them of their father’s possessions. 

According to the late actor’s will, his three grown children will receive the bulk of his jewelry, memorabilia and other belongings.  However, Susan is asking a judge to exclude the belongings within their “marital home” from the list of things the children are allowed to take.  She says that because Williams wanted her to continue to reside at the Tiburon home, it follows his children should only have the specific personal items in another home he owned in Napa. 

See Michael Zennie, Robin Williams’ Widow Goes to Court to Stop His Children From Taking Their Father’s Things From the Home Where He Committed Suicide, Daily Mail, March 30, 2015. 

Special thanks to Joel Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.


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