The late actor's will was released by the Manhattan Surrogate's Court Wednesday, and the document, which was signed by Hoffman in October 2004—when Cooper, now 10 years old, was just 1 and daughters Tallulah and Willa weren't yet born—states where he wants his son to grow up, and none of his choices include Los Angeles.
"It is my strong desire, and not direction to my guardian, that my son, Cooper Hoffman be raised and reside in or near the borough of Manhattan in the State of New York, or Chicago Illinois, or San Francisco, California," the iconic actor stated in the 13-page will.
Hoffman added, "if my Guardian cannot reside in any of these cities," he requested his son "visit these cities at least twice per year…so that my son will be exposed to the culture, arts, and architecture that such cities offer."
According to People magazine, New York probate attorney Ann-Margaret Carrozza explains, "That is not a very typical clause," and adds it's not legally enforceable. "That's why he said, 'It is my strong desire, and not direction.' It's a really touching statement. It's also striking he didn't include Los Angeles in his list of cities."
Along with his wishes for where his son is raised, the 46-year-old star left the bulk of his estate to his longtime partner, and mother of his three children, Mimi O'Donnell, and also requests setting up a trust for Cooper.
The value of Hoffman's estate is unknown, according to the mag, but it is estimated to be $500,000 or more. Additionally, should anything happen to O'Donnell, her sister Suzanne was appointed back-up guardian, and most of the estate would go to Hoffman's producing partner Emily Ziff.