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Robin Williams estate settlement delayed

Susan Schneider, Robin Williams and Zelda Williams Image copyright AP
Image caption Robin Williams pictured in 2011 with his wife, Susan Schneider Williams, and daughter Zelda

Robin Williams's wife and adult children have been given two more months to resolve a dispute over the division of the comedian's estate.

In March, a San Francisco judge gave both parties eight weeks to settle their disagreement, relating to roughly 1,200 of the star's personal items.

Some 300 items are still disputed, as well as the money required to maintain one of his homes.

The judge gave the two sides until the end of July to resolve the differences.

Among the items William's widow, Susan Schneider Williams, wants to keep are the tuxedo the actor wore to their wedding, his slippers, T-shirts and some boxer shorts.

The couple had been married for three years before the actor took his own life in August 2014.

'Insult to a terrible injury'

Both parties also need to resolve the value of a reserve fund to allow Schneider Williams to maintain the San Francisco home the actor left to her, with instructions she receive enough money to keep it up through her lifetime.

Williams left most of his estate to his three children - Zachary, Zelda and Cody - from a previous marriage.

In legal papers filed in December, Schneider Williams said the contents of their home should be excluded from the items the actor left his children.

Williams's children claimed their father's widow was "adding insult to a terrible injury" by trying to change the trust agreement and rob them of items their father clearly intended them to have.

James Wagstaffe, Schneider Williams's lawyer, described her as "an emotionally grieving widow who is trying to honour her husband".

He said his client was seeking the equivalent of a "small bucket of water from a lake," saying Williams had left his three children and a former wife more than $100m (£65.6m).

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