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Hoffman’s Will: Son Should Be Raised In New York, Chicago Or San Francisco

Late Actor Gives All His Personal Property To Mother Of His 3 Kids
Philip Seymour Hoffman poses at the 2010 Marrakech Film Festival in Marrakech, Morocco. (credit: Getty Images)

Philip Seymour Hoffman poses at the 2010 Marrakech Film Festival in Marrakech, Morocco. (credit: Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP)Philip Seymour Hoffman’s will was released Wednesday, showing that he bequeathed all his personal property to the mother of his three children.

The will, which was signed in 2004, also indicated that he believed New York, Chicago and San Francisco are the three best cities for kids to grow up.

When the will was signed, only the eldest of Hoffman’s three children – his son Cooper – had been born. It was Hoffman’s “strong desire” that his son grow up in or near those cities – and in New York, specifically in Manhattan – or at least visit them twice or more per year, the will says.

“The purpose of this request is so that my son will be exposed to the culture, arts and architecture that such cities offer,” Hoffman’s will reads.

Papers filed with the will value Hoffman’s estate simply at “$500,000-plus.” The estate is bequeathed largely to his longtime partner, Mimi O’Donnell, with a trust fund for their son, now nearly 11.

The accompanying papers also note the boy’s two younger sisters, who are 7 and 5. The lawyer who filed the papers did not immediately respond to phone and email messages Wednesday evening.

The filing seeks to fast-track early steps in the legal process, saying that’s necessary so the estate can pay funeral and other bills and get police permission to go into the apartment where Hoffman was found, a few blocks from the apartment where O’Donnell and the children live.

Hoffman was found dead in his Greenwich Village apartment earlier this month with a needle still in his arm. The 46-year-old had spoken in recent years about falling off the wagon and getting back into drug use.

The will filings just said he “died suddenly.”

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