Home Foreclosure Venus and Serena Williams’ stepmom files for bankruptcy to save her Florida home

Venus and Serena Williams’ stepmom files for bankruptcy to save her Florida home


Richard Williams and Lakeisha Graham watch the women’s singles second round match between Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland and Venus Williams of the United States on day four of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 30, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

*The mother-in-law of Venus and Serena Williams reportedly filed for bankruptcy in an effort to save his Florida home.

Lakeisha Williams43, hopes to keep the Palm Beach Gardens, Florida home she shared with her ex-husband Richard Williams. She moved into the house after Richard separated from the biological mother of her daughter, Oracene Awardin 2002.

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According to the Daily Mail, Richard bought the four-bedroom property for $355,000 in 1995, the same 10-acre home he would use to farm and groom Venus and Serena for stardom. Williams had two tennis courts built on the property where he regularly practiced with his daughters.

Following her split from Price, Lakeisha moved into the house after she and the famed trainer jumped the broom in 2009, but their happy union became rocky. Williams suffered multiple strokes and began to develop early signs of dementia. The former couple then separated in 2017 and Williams filed for divorce soon after, citing that his wife allegedly forged her signature ‘to have her name removed from the property records, leaving only her name on the paperwork. “, noted the Daily Mail.

Lakeisha, who shares a 9-year-old son with Williams, continued to stay in the home amid their divorce, but the property was seized in 2021.

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Richard Williams (father of Venus and Serena Williams) and Lakeisha Graham visit SiriusXM Studios on May 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

Lakeisha filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy to save the home from foreclosure and auction. She sued to temporarily suspend the proceedings.

According to Madame Noire, she claims in court that her marriage to Ricard is “not irreparably broken” and that their sex life is always “strong, as reported by RADAR.

According to court documents, she wants to pay off the debt of $491,562 over a period of five years. Corn Miami mortgage lender David Simon, who filed a lawsuit against Lakeishafought back against the motion.

“This is a hotly contested case. The secured creditor has a foreclosure judgment in excess of half a million dollars on a residential home the debtor owns,” the court documents state. “This is the debtor’s second bankruptcy … if you don’t succeed the first time, try again, but act quickly and don’t warn your opponent!