The family of deceased actor Robin Williams agreed to settle their dispute over his estate out of court.
At a court hearing last month, Wagstaffe said the two sides remained at odds over millions of dollars’ worth of items, including Williams’ bicycle collection, artwork and books.
Susan Williams said in papers filed in December that the contents of the San Francisco Bay Area home she shared with Robin Williams should be excluded from the items the actor left to his children.
She also claimed a few of her husband’s personal items were taken without her permission.
Robin Williams was found dead at his North California home on Monday, August 11, 2014.
“While it’s hard to speak of this as a win, given it stems from the greatest loss of all”, says Williams’ wife Susan in a statement, “I am deeply grateful to the judge for helping resolve these issues…I can live in peace knowing that my husband’s wishes were honored”.
In addition to this, the graphic designer wife of the late American actor will receive a watch he often wore, a bike bought on their honeymoon and their wedding gifts.
The out-of-court settlement has not been disclosed in detail, but brings to an end a legal battle that has raged since Williams’ suicide previous year. “She gets to stay in the house as Robin wanted, with the trust being created to pay the expenses”, Wagstaffe said. An investigation into his death later revealed he had been suffering from severe depression and complications from Parkinson’s disease. The children countered that Susan Williams was “adding insult to a bad injury” by trying to change the trust agreement and deprive them of items that their father clearly meant to leave to them.
Williams had talked, and even joked, about his struggles with alcohol and drugs.