Even a Carefully Drafted Estate Plan Can't Prevent
All Family Fights
Susan Schneider Williams, the third wife and widow of entertainer Robin Williams, has filed an action in a California Probate Court asking that Court to take jurisdiction over her husband's estate, and to interpret various provisions of the trust agreement he left for each of his family members. Williams left 3 adult children by 2 prior marriages.
Last fall, I and many other estate planning attorneys wrote extensively about how well Robin Williams prepared for his death by establishing these trusts. This dispute, while somewhat limited in nature, provides an additional new lesson: Sometime people are going to fight no matter what you do to avoid it.