Robin Williams' Children Claim Their Father's Widow Is Trying to 'Manipulate' His Estate to Get More Money, New Court Documents Show
Susan Schneider is requesting more money for upkeep of the property Robin Williams left her in his will
On Aug. 14, attorneys for Zachary, Zelda and Cody Williams filed court documents obtained by PEOPLE that dispute their father’s widow, Susan Schneider, should receive additional funds to cover the cost of her primary home.
Last December, attorneys for Schneider, 50, filed court documents that claimed she is not getting enough money to cover the insurance, mortgage and upkeep of the multimillion dollar property she shared with the Good Will Hunting actor in Tiburon, California, north of San Francisco – the same property where he committed suicide on Aug. 11. There is no specific amount requested in the court documents.
Lawyers for Schneider, who wed the comedian in October 2011, said in last year’s filing that she believes there is more money to be given and that the children have “taken a restrictive interpretation of this provision” and are purposely withholding money.
His children adamantly disagree.
The Aug. 14 documents argue that there is enough money in the Reserve Fund dedicated to the residence, and that it does not “provide [Schneider] with a guaranteed income stream” and yet that “is precisely what [she] is seeking.”
Schneider argues that Reserve Fund language includes a statement which reads: “any excess yearly net income is to be provided to [Schneider].” She believes she is not receiving enough of this money. However, according to the children’s file, this language is only there to qualify the trust for tax and estate planning purposes and was never meant to be a source of income.
“[Schneider] attempts to manipulate this language in [an] attempt to enhance her financial position at the expense of the Williams Children,” the recent court filing reads.
The two sides have been locked in a bitter legal battle over details of the late actor’s estate for months, including over which items should be considered “memorabilia.”
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Williams’ trust gave Schneider the Tiburon residence, but awarded his children with any “clothing, jewelry, personal photos taken prior to his marriage to [Schneider] memorabilia and awards in the entertainment industry and the tangible personal property” at his second residence in Napa. Schneider and the children have interpreted the meaning of those directives differently.
In documents filed in January, Williams’ children said Schneider was “adding insult to a terrible injury” by trying to change the trust and that they are “heartbroken” that she has “acted against his wishes by challenging the plans he so carefully made for his estate.”