Robin Williams' Wife, Children Battle Over Estate

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Robin Williams' wife and children are squaring off in a legal battle over his possessions, six months after the actor and comedian took his own life.

Susan Schneider, Robin Williams

His widow Susan Williams (formerly Susan Schneider) is locked in a struggle with his three kids from previous marriages, Zachary, Zelda and Cody.

At issue in legal papers filed by both sides are two houses Williams owned at the time of his death, one in Napa and one in Tiburon, California.

Robin Williams committed suicide last August. He was 63. His trust gives the Tiburon residence and its contents to his widow upon his death.

But it also says that the children, who are all grown, should inherit his "clothing, jewelry, personal photos taken prior to his marriage to [Susan]."

That includes, but is not limited to, "memorabilia and awards in the entertainment industry and the tangible personal property located in Napa."

His wife and children interpret the meaning of this differently.

Susan says the term "memorabilia" should not include his "personal collections of knick-knacks," and that "jewelry" should not include his watch collection.

The children counter that those "knick-knacks" are in fact much more, items that their late father "carefully amassed" during his life. Such as?

Japanese anime figurines, antique weapons, carved boxes, theater masks, rare books, lapel pins, fossils, graphic novels and skulls, you name it.

These things should go to them, the children believe. Moreover, they say Susan is "adding insult to a terrible injury" by trying to change the trust.

Zachary, Cody and Zelda Williams say they are "heartbroken" that she "acted against his wishes by challenging the plans he so carefully made."

There is also a dispute about the removal of property from the Tiburon home, with Susan Schneider accusing trustees of "invading" the home.

The children say the trustees were entitled to do so, and that Susan held them off for months while she had third parties appraise certain assets.

A hearing on the matter is scheduled for March 30.

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