The world said goodbye to Robin more than a year ago, but his beneficiaries haven’t yet said goodbye to the battle over his estate. There are two issues that the three adult Williams children and his widow are fighting over. One issue is the reserve fund that Williams said would cover the costs of the home where his widow would remain. The other issue is the division of Williams’ personal property.
The issue that surrounds the reserve fund is that the estate’s trustees have come to a figure that would cover the costs of caring for the home the couple shared in Tiburon. Williams’ widow says that the trustees’ figure doesn’t match her figure. She wants them to explain how they came to the figure.
Susan Williams, the comedian’s widow, is asking to keep her husband’s personal items like boxer shorts, T-shirt and slippers. Additionally, the battle includes his bicycles, various pieces of artwork and books. All told, the items in contention are said to be worth millions of dollars.
The three Williams children note that the trustees have already decided how to divide the personal property. They note that the decision of the trustees should be final. They say that the widow is keeping items that belong to them.
As sad as the situation is, the Williams’ estate issues aren’t unique. This battle shows how important it is to make sure that your wishes are made known in a clear manner in your estate plan. When you make your estate plan, you should make sure that you discuss the plan with your loved ones so that surprises after you pass away don’t lead to a legal battle.
Source: CBS News, “Robin Williams’ family back in court over late actor’s estate,” Aug. 28, 2015