Robin Williams' kids and his widow Susan Williams (née Schneider), and their attorneys, returned to court yesterday to hash out further details of their ongoing dispute over the late actor's will. The attorney for Susan Williams, James Wagstaffe, told reporters after Monday's hearing that she would like to keep some things "such as her husband's slippers, T-shirts and some boxer shorts," which seems slightly odd given the apparent acrimoniousness of the initial dispute. When the two sides first appeared in court in March, they were fighting over the definition of "jewelry," as the late Williams had specified in his will that his kids would receive all his "jewelry" and "memorabilia." It seemed that Susan Williams wanted to argue over some expensive watches that were in the Tiburon home she shared with Williams.
Now, as the AP reports, the judge is satisfied that the two sides have "resolved differences over how to split up thousands of the late actor's personal items," perhaps including his aforementioned Oscar and other items. Susan Williams, the will specified, was to receive the home in Tiburon, its contents (minus perhaps some of this clothing and memorabilia, to be determined), and a stipend for the upkeep of the house, which appears also to be at issue.
The property is being re-appraised, and Williams specified that his wife should "receive enough money to keep it up through her lifetime," and it sounds like that amount is still being worked out.
Meredith Bushnell, the attorney for Williams' three children from previous marriages, Zachary, Zelda and Cody, is still playing tough and calling her opposing counsel's arguments just "delay tactics." But Wagstaffe is portraying his client as simply trying to eke out "a small bucket of water from [the] lake" of Williams' large estate. Proceeds from the sale of a home in Napa, as well as Williams' other assets, are all being divided among the three kids and one former wife, to the tune of over $100 million.
A reported 300 more personal items remain in dispute, down from 360, as the Chron reports, many of them of sentimental value. Judge Andrew Cheng, who had originally said all disputes should be resolved by June 1, has given the parties an extension to July 29.