On one hand, estate administration sounds simple, as the will just needs to be followed so that everything is split up according to the desires of the deceased. However, the reality is that this process can be very difficult, especially when the two sides do not agree on how things should be divided and a legal battle ensures. It is not as easy as just following the will.
Take, for example, the case that Robin Williams' family has been dealing with in California. The process has really been dragged out by the fact that the late Williams' wife and his children are not in agreement about the division process. They have been working on this for a long time, and, while thousands of items have finally been divided, they are still not done.
The issue is that they can't agree on how some of the clothing should be split up, and they also can't agree about what should be done with a significant amount of money. This money was left with the intention that it would be used to maintain one of the actor's homes.
The end result is that there are around 300 personal items that are forming a point of contention. As for money, the home itself was already left to his wife, but the will also said that she should get cash to maintain it, and the two sides are trying to work out just how much that means that she'll need, both now and in the years to come.
As you can see, this process can get complicated even when there is a detailed will. To learn more about it, check out our page now.