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Philip Seymour Hoffman's Will Asks his Son Be Raised in One of Three Cities

February 19, 2014  |  3:51pm
Philip Seymour Hoffman's Will Asks his Son Be Raised in One of Three Cities

Various media outlets obtained a copy of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s will this morning, which was written 10 years before the actor died earlier this month in a New York City apartment. He left his personal property to longtime girlfriend Marianne O’Donnell, a costume designer, and also named her guardian of his son Cooper. (Since writing the will, Hoffman has also had two daughters.) He also set up a monetary trust for Cooper, half of which will be conveyed when he turns 25, and the other half when he turns 30.

There’s also a more unusual request regarding Cooper; Hoffman stated in the will that he wanted him to grow up in one of three cities.

“It is my strong desire,” wrote Hoffman in the document that was filed this morning in Manhattan’s Surrogate Court, “that my son, Cooper Hoffman, be raised and reside in or near the borough of Manhattan … or Chicago, Illinois, or San Francisco, California.”

“If my guardian cannot reside in any of such cities,” he continues, “then it is my strong desire … that my son … visit these cities at least twice per year throughout such guardianship. The purpose of this request is so that my son will be exposed to the culture, arts and architecture that such cities offer.”

O’Donnell was also appointed as the executrix of the will.

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