4:56 pm - 02/19/2014

PSH's request in Will

Among Philip Seymour Hoffman's final wishes, one stands out: the actor did not want his son, Cooper, to grow up in Hollywood.

In his will, signed in October 2004 and submitted into Manhattan's Surrogate Court on Wednesday, the late Oscar winner asked that Cooper (his only child at the time the document was written) be "raised and reside in" Manhattan, Chicago, or San Francisco.

"If my guardian cannot reside in any of such cities, then it is my strong desire, and not direction, that my son, Cooper Hoffman, visit these cities at least twice per year throughout such guardianship," Hoffman wrote in the 13-page document. "The purpose of this request is so that my son will be exposed to the culture, arts and architecture that such cities offer."

Noticeably absent from the list is Los Angeles, where Hoffman spent much of his working life.

When the will was signed in 2004, Cooper — now 10 — was only 1 at the time and was Hoffman's only child. The actor went on to have two daughters, Tallulah, 7, and Willa, 5.

Hoffman left most of his fortune to the mother of his three children, Marianne "Mimi" O'Donnell. He also set up a trust for Cooper to be used for "education, support, health and maintenance."

According to the document, Cooper will get half of the trust when he's 25, and the rest when he's 30.

The "Catching Fire" actor was found dead of an apparent heroin overdose in his New York City apartment on Feb. 2. He was 46.

source : http://celebrity.yahoo.com/blogs/celeb-news/philip-seymour-hoffman-s-will-revealed--did-not-want-son-raised-in-los-angeles-220210762.html
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nineteensix196 20th-Feb-2014 01:18 am (UTC)
omg I'm tearing up again :( That's so sweet
litebritepeg 20th-Feb-2014 01:19 am (UTC)
I wonder why he didn't update his will after the birth of each of his children.
pacehim 20th-Feb-2014 01:21 am (UTC)
They were girls... jk
sallgoodman 20th-Feb-2014 01:24 am (UTC)
I am wondering this too
aflaminghalo 20th-Feb-2014 01:26 am (UTC)
He probably thought there would be time and then just never got it.
zeldazonked 20th-Feb-2014 01:35 am (UTC)
I'm sure that's the case. It's not like he updated it over the past 9 years and just left them out.
maryastor 20th-Feb-2014 01:44 am (UTC)
gonerilandregan 20th-Feb-2014 02:21 am (UTC)
Yeah... :(
lillylilacs 20th-Feb-2014 02:38 am (UTC)
geraldine_blank 20th-Feb-2014 01:50 am (UTC)
not being a dick but have you ever had to make a will bb? I have some assets from my father so my mom made me make a will at like 13

and idk, it was so weird sitting there like "if I die, who gets what?" it was incredibly morbid and kind of depressing. even now at 26 I don't relish the thought of redoing mine (even though I need to because there is a bitch exfriend of mine that won't get a goddamn dime)
stonemesilly 20th-Feb-2014 02:13 am (UTC)
Nothing really changed. Everything's still going to Mimi.
colonel_green 20th-Feb-2014 02:50 am (UTC)
A lot of people just don't think to do that when there's no pressing reason to.

I remember when my father (an attorney) was diagnosed with cancer, he immediately called up his associates and set about redoing his will, the previous version of which was about twenty years old and didn't account for the existence of my younger brother (mom got pretty much everything anyway; his update was mainly individual bequests of items).
justrachna 20th-Feb-2014 01:19 am (UTC)
i guess he wrote this before his daughters were born. i never realized how much of a presence philip seymour hoffman had in my movie watching until he died and i was surprised at how devastated i felt. he was such a great talent

Edited at 2014-02-20 01:20 am (UTC)
shortliljackers 20th-Feb-2014 01:19 am (UTC)
i'm watching inside the actor's studio with amy adams and they just started talking about psh. she's crying, aw :(
snoozeen 20th-Feb-2014 01:27 am (UTC)
aflaminghalo 20th-Feb-2014 01:28 am (UTC)
I've been trying to find the ep he did, but the best I've got is a transcript :(
la_petite_singe 20th-Feb-2014 01:30 am (UTC)
Aww no, I saw that she was on tonight but I wasn't sure if it was a new/recent episode or not. I feel so terrible for her.
shortliljackers 20th-Feb-2014 01:33 am (UTC)
yeah, it must've been filmed within the past couple weeks.
vanhrh 20th-Feb-2014 03:08 am (UTC)
I saw that. So freaking sad.
baptismtonight 20th-Feb-2014 01:20 am (UTC)
good choices PSH

…his death still makes me so sad.
pancreas 20th-Feb-2014 01:22 am (UTC)
This sounds like a recipe for a ghost.
suburban_war 20th-Feb-2014 01:22 am (UTC)
Aw wow. That's nice.

My film studies class just watched Capote an hour ago.

Edited at 2014-02-20 01:22 am (UTC)
rkanderson1029 20th-Feb-2014 01:22 am (UTC)
This is still SO shocking. And this is a very good decision.
tiltheworldend 20th-Feb-2014 01:23 am (UTC)
I still get sad over this. On a very different note, I love New York/Manhattan so much, I went there for the first time last year and it was such an amazing experience, it's just a level above every other city in the world. Paris, London, Boston they are all amazing, but NY is in a category of its own. I am so beyond jealous of my friends who are studying there and I'm to go there for my post-grad, fingers crossed! Plus I watched the Devil Wears Prada the other day and it just made me wanna go even more

Edited at 2014-02-20 01:24 am (UTC)
schexyschteve 20th-Feb-2014 01:53 am (UTC)
I LOVE visiting New York. I've been 3 times in my life, and it's just the best thing ever each time. It probably sounds really stupid, but it just has a magical quality for me
tiltheworldend 20th-Feb-2014 02:17 am (UTC)
I think it's because it really is the cultural, fashion, music capital of the world and there's always something going on in NY it will never be a boring city.
aflaminghalo 20th-Feb-2014 02:03 am (UTC)
I've been twice. It just has something in the air. Always want to go back.
pennyxlane 20th-Feb-2014 02:55 am (UTC)
i used to live there. i really miss it. there really is always something going on. unfortunately it is SO so so so so expensive, which is what drove me out--half the stuff i wanted to do, i couldn't afford! but YAS to all of the donation-based museums, i could spare $5 or whatever and see amazing stuff
untxi 20th-Feb-2014 12:16 pm (UTC)
yeah, i totally second that about NYC.
leonardy 20th-Feb-2014 05:33 pm (UTC)
it's just a level above every other city in the world. Paris, London, Boston they are all amazing, but NY is in a category of its own.

Its def better than London & Boston but Paris...? Whoa, WHOA gurl. I just can't wrap my mind around that lol
railway 21st-Feb-2014 02:23 am (UTC)
Agreed! (Though I've never been to Paris or Boston to compare). There's just something about it. I wouldn't call it ~magical or anything, and I bet actual New Yorkers would laugh their fucking faces off at us, but just from the second I arrived there was just something about it, and leaving was really difficult (emotionally... not from a transit perspective).

Extra best wishes and good luck for getting your post-grad in NY!
rabbitncavylove 21st-Feb-2014 03:27 am (UTC)
I want to visit .. I'm trying to save money. I want to go to London too :(
aflaminghalo watching magnolia right now.20th-Feb-2014 01:24 am (UTC)
Been watching PSH films since the news. Cried pretty much every night.

(In my defense my dog died like a fortnight before. If I hadn't been broken from that, I wouldn't be so broken up about this even though I loved him as an actor.)

Edited at 2014-02-20 01:27 am (UTC)
zeldazonked Re: watching magnolia right now.20th-Feb-2014 01:37 am (UTC)
Awww. <3 <3 <3
aflaminghalo Re: watching magnolia right now.20th-Feb-2014 02:04 am (UTC)
I'm a complete dork. I'll probably die of dehydration from crying when my parents go.
serena_took Re: watching magnolia right now.20th-Feb-2014 02:14 am (UTC)
*hugs* if you want them. I just lost my dog today, so I feel ya.
railway Re: watching magnolia right now.21st-Feb-2014 02:26 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear about your baby :( Take care of yourself, okay?
brogitsune 20th-Feb-2014 01:27 am (UTC)
this is still so far from being okay
scriptedending 20th-Feb-2014 01:29 am (UTC)
LA has a ton of culture and arts too, but I am sure he had has reasons for not wanting his kid(s) to live there.
dizzy879 20th-Feb-2014 01:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, IA.

Living in LA as part of the film making industry can be a different experience for a person living outside of the industry. You see some crazy shit in that life.
inwazyja 20th-Feb-2014 02:07 am (UTC)
I would imagine it's to keep his kid(s) away from Hollywood. I don't think any sane parent wants their children to grow up around the craziness that is LA, when they're in the film industry.

Edited at 2014-02-20 02:07 am (UTC)
roguezombie 20th-Feb-2014 03:07 am (UTC)
I know a lot of L.A. ontder get really defensive when an actor mentions not liking L.A. But I feel like for actors, L.A. is just this completely different place.
sphinx81 20th-Feb-2014 05:18 am (UTC)
True. As a third generation L.A. native (grandmother was born here in the 1920s and both my parents were born and raised here), it annoys me when people, especially hollywood types who the natives generally avoid and really don't like, paint this city in large swaths of hateration. This place is over 500 square miles (just the city itself, excluding the county) and has 3.8 million people, 90% of which are not and have absolutely no desire to be part of the industry. It's great that the Business brings in money from an economic standpoint, but we're a hell of lot more than just Hollyweird.

Sorry, I admit I'm pressed,lol. I just love my city and my family that lives here and therefore defend it.

Edited at 2014-02-20 05:23 am (UTC)
piratesswoop 20th-Feb-2014 01:29 am (UTC)
so technically his daughters get nothing? kind of sucks, like even if you don't think you're going to die young, i'd always update my will after the births of my kids just so that no one gets left out in case i die unexpectedly.
cathaea 20th-Feb-2014 01:54 am (UTC)
Technically, but I'm sure that their mother will create similar trusts since I'm sure PSH would have wanted all his children to be taken care of.
stonemesilly 20th-Feb-2014 02:18 am (UTC)
I'm sure Mimi will equally take care of all of her children.
crazyventures 20th-Feb-2014 03:16 am (UTC)
It's been a couple years since I took Wills and Trusts but I'm almost positive CA has a statute providing for children who were born after a will was made--so long as the omission wasn't intentional. I think it'd be equal shares between the children.

EDIT: Just realized the will was probably in NY but whatevs. I'm sure they'll be provided for.

Edited at 2014-02-20 03:17 am (UTC)
pleasdtomeetme 20th-Feb-2014 03:56 am (UTC)
Yes, the ommitted child doctrine. I'm taking the MA bar and just went over that. :/
rabbitncavylove 21st-Feb-2014 03:30 am (UTC)
well if he left the bulk of it to their mother, she will likely set up trusts for them too?
la_petite_singe 20th-Feb-2014 01:31 am (UTC)
It's really endearing that he cares about the arts & architecture of those cities, aww. I'm still really sad about this.
fakevoices 20th-Feb-2014 01:33 am (UTC)
this whole situation is just sad
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