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Robin Williams' Foolproof Estate Plan? How To Avoid Family Fallout

Robin Williams' Foolproof Estate Plan? How To Avoid Family Fallout

By Hollywood standards, Robin Williams created an uncommonly sophisticated, tax-efficient estate plan before his tragic death by suicide in August 2014. It appeared almost beyond dispute, with a real-estate holding trust and at least one other trust, covering everything from his Villa Sorriso (Villa of Smiles) mansion in Napa Valley — listed after his death at $29.9 million — to his "memorabilia and awards in the entertainment industry" designated for either his children or widow. But as March ended, attorneys for the estate and heirs appeared before a probate judge in San Francisco Superior Court in an ongoing battle between Williams' widow, Susan Schneider...

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