Day Pitney: When Heirs Fight Over Assets With Sentimental Value

ROBIN WILLIAMS’S widow, Susan Schneider, agreed that the rainbow suspenders he wore on the television comedy “Mork & Mindy” should go to his children from previous marriages, but she did want the tuxedo the comedian wore at their wedding. Simple, it might seem, but not in the complicated world of blended families. This week, nearly eight months after Mr. Williams committed suicide in his home in Northern California, his children and his third wife were in court over a part of his estate plan that many people overlook: Who is entitled to stuff with more sentimental than monetary value?

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