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Jackie Cooper's Will -- The Poison Pill Clause

5/9/2011 2:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Before he died, Hollywood legend Jackie Cooper wanted to make sure NOBODY challenged his last will and testament ... and to make sure, he wrote in a special provision intended to SCREW anyone who challenges his final wishes.

Jackie Cooper Will

TMZ obtained a copy of Cooper's final will -- filed in L.A. County Superior Court two days after the "Superman" actor passed away last week.

According to the docs, Cooper basically willed everything to his wife -- but because she died before him -- the estate will be divided equally between their children.

And to prevent the kids from a nasty fight over the money -- Cooper wrote in a clause saying if anyone tries to contest the will, "I give to such persons so contesting or objecting the sum of FIVE DOLLARS ($5.00) and no more."

FYI -- provisions to this effect are sometimes referred to as a "poison pill clause" -- because any person who would be dumb enough to challenge the will is killing any chance of getting anything out of the estate.

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Marty    

It is called a "no contest clause". But our wonderful Governor Terminator signed a bill to allow Contesting a will without being punished if they have probable cause. The law went into affect in Jan of 2010.

I have issues with someone screwing with a persons last will and testament! For any reason.

1081 days ago
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BroRo    

GOOD IDEA!!

1081 days ago
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Scott    

That's really funny cause after you die you have absolutely "NO RIGHTS" yes he put in a blurb about 5 bucks each but it's up to his executor, in this case his wife what she does period!

Now that he is dead he has no right to say where the money will be going when his wife dies. That is completely up to her period end of sentance. If she wants she could donate all of it to her cats!

heed the warning people you do not have any rights once you pass. I worked in a cemetery for 15 years and saw many people cremated who wanted to be buried and the land sold back because the executor was upset over the amount of money they got in the will.

Choose very very very carefully.

Peace.

1081 days ago
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brenda    

I would mandate no gets anything if they contested my last will and testament.

Not that I have a lot to leave, it's the point of the matter.

1081 days ago
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Compton    

aka "in-terrorem" clause

1081 days ago
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ttts22    

why is this a story? pretty much every will that has significant worth has this clause. and pretty much every state still allows you to contest the will if their is probable cause- like undue influence.

1081 days ago
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Kevin    

That is awesome. It gives you "bite" after you die to make sure your will is followed to the T. Someone wants to be greedy and is unhappy with their portion of the estate after their mother passes will be SOL. Smart man.

1081 days ago
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Sandra     

Smart man!!

1081 days ago
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john5oregon    

@Kevin - agreed.

Besides, if a loved one passes away, money is the furthest thing from my mind...

1081 days ago
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feebee    

I thought everyone did that... my great grandma had that in her will back in the 50's... so my granddads brother only got a dollar !

1081 days ago
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superchicken    

I would simply leave everything to a worthy cause like the Republican Party. That way everybody can enjoy it.

1081 days ago
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Sarafina    

Ditto, very smart man.

1081 days ago
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Rotter    

What kind of scratch are we talking here? 5 or 10 mil?

1081 days ago
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tlm    

He probably only HAD 5.00 when he died.

1081 days ago
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Kevin    

When Elizabeth Edwards died and her will and last testament were made public it was great to see her stick it to John Edwards by making sure everything went directly to the kids. Cheating on your wife as she battles cancer is really classy.

1081 days ago
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