The widow of the late great comedian and actor Robin Williams continues to suffer from grief more than a year after his tragic death, but it isn’t only the emotional grief of losing her beloved husband. She has also had to contend with legal issues.
It was only two and a half weeks after Robin’s death. She was out of their marital home. She was still in shock and then something inconceivable happened to her.
Married to Robin for three years, but with him for a total of seven years, Susan Schneider, 51, was accused by his children, Zachary, Zelda and Cody Williams, of trying to modify a trust agreement. In turn, she was forced to fight her stepchildren in order to keep her marital home and wedding gifts.
She told ABC news: “In fact [they said], ‘While you’re out of the house, we need to come in and take everything out. Eventually once we’ve gone through it all, you can decide – tell us which items are yours. And we’ll decide whether or not that’s true.'”
In the end, matters were settled out of court, and the settlement allows her to remain in the home and receive living expenses for the rest of her life.
“After being in the trenches with my husband for so long and trying to solve this thing, after seven years together in love, I was told that I might not be able to be able to keep our wedding gifts.”
In an emotional interview, Susan Williams said the shock and pain she felt at her husband’s death was deepened by the fact that she was not allowed back into the home they had shared.
“Two and a half weeks after Robin’s death I was still in shock. I wasn’t back in our home. I was told I might not be able to keep our wedding gifts. That, in fact, while you’re out of the house we need to come in and take everything out,” she told ABC News.
Mrs. Williams says she keeps his slippers in the same spot he left them in on the bathroom floor, and still feels his presence in the house. ~Sharon Salsberg