July 21, 2014 Updated: July 21, 2014 at 1:22 pm
Philip Seymour Hoffman did everything in his power to make sure his children were "normal."
When the Capote actor died of a heroin overdose in February, he left the bulk of his estate to his partner, Mimi O'Donnell, and added the unusual request that their offspring be raised outside of Los Angeles. According to his accountant, David Friedman, these decisions were made to keep his children from becoming trust fund kids.
In court papers filed July 18 in Manhattan Surrogate's Court and obtained by the New York Post, attorney James Cahill Jr. — who was appointed by the court to protect the interests of Hoffman’s children Cooper, 10, Tallulah, 7, and Willa, 5 in his estate proceeding — interviewed the actor's accountant as part of the legal process. Friedman "recalled conversations with [Hoffman] in the year before his demise where the topic of a trust was raised for the kids and summarily rejected by him," Cahill wrote, according to the newspaper. He "did not want his children to be considered 'trust fund' kids."