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Williams' family settles probate litigation

People all over the world were shocked and saddened to learn that comedian and famed actor Robin Williams had passed away last year. Following his death, as the world mourned, his family began the estate administration process. The estate was estimated to be worth more than $100 million. It is said to have included more than 85 watches, 50 bikes, his Academy award and other important awards he earned over the course of his inspiring career.

In his will, Williams had left most of his property to his three adult children. His widow was also left a small portion of the estate. Following his death, a dispute arose on how the property should be divided between Williams' widow and his children.

One source of problems was whether or not Williams' wife would be allowed to stay in one of his California homes and whether or not she would be given money for the upkeep that home from a trust reportedly set aside for that purpose. Also, disputes arose over who should keep several personal items.

According to reports, however, these issues have now been settled. It appears that Williams' widow and his children have come to an agreement on how the estate assets should be divided. The specific terms of the settlement have not been disclosed. However, the settlement still needs to be approved by a probate judge.

A will contest over the terms of a will can be difficult for any family. When emotions run high, the disputes can quickly become bitter and lead to probate litigation. People in these situations need to understand their legal rights and any options they may have for settling the disputes. By putting will contests behind them, Michigan residents can move forward with their lives.

Source: NewsMax, "Robin Williams Family Ends Dispute Over His Estate," Clyde Hughes, Oct. 5, 2015

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