Robin Williams' Daughter Speaks Out as Estate Fight Heads for Mediation
Williams' daughter Zelda says she and her siblings haven't taken anything from his home
The legal battle between Robin Williams‘ widow and his children could be nearing a peaceful conclusion.
Attorneys for Williams’ widow, Susan, and his three children from previous marriages, squared off in probate court in San Francisco on Monday and agreed to private mediation, hoping to settle a dispute regarding the contents of his estate.
Susan and Williams’ children – Zachary, Zelda and Cody – have disagreed over who can claim certain the contents of the couple’s Tiburon, California, home.
Williams’ will entitles his children to clothing, jewelry, personal photos taken prior to his marriage to Susan, as well as awards, memorabilia and tangible personal property from his home, where he was found dead last August. Susan has contended that she is entitled to certain items, such as his watches and other personal effects.
During the hearing, which lasted less than 40 minutes, both sides agreed to meet informally in the next two weeks to arrange a pick-up of various items at Williams’ home and to have a private mediation before late April.
Zelda Williams spoke out on tumblr after the hearing to say the siblings haven’t taken any items from their father’s home. “My brothers and I have not at any point since dad’s death been invited to or visited his and Susan’s house in Tiburon, nor have we removed anything from it,” she wrote.
Andrew Bassak, attorney for Williams’ children, told PEOPLE after the court hearing, “We didn’t want any publicity.” Jim Wagstaffe, Susan’s attorney agreed, saying, “The trustees and the children do not want this to become public. We are interested in getting it resolved as quickly as possible.”
“I think we can have all the undisputed items picked up in the next two weeks,” Wagstaffe said, adding, “We could probably do it as early as today.”
He claimed, “[Susan and the children] will meet in good faith within the next two weeks,” and said “a large percentage of these items are not disputed.”
Wagstaffe told the court that his client would like to keep her wedding presents, the tux Williams wore to the wedding and photographs from his 60th birthday in 2011.
However, Bassak appeared less optimistic that the dispute could be settled so quickly.
“I don’t know and I can’t speculate,” Bassak told PEOPLE when asked if he agreed with Wagstaffe’s timeline, adding, “There is still a lot to be worked out.”
• Reporting by SUSAN YOUNG