Actor Jackie Cooper's Last Will Allegedly Contains 'Poison Pill' Clause

May 11, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
Actor Jackie Cooper's Last Will Allegedly Contains 'Poison Pill' Clause

The last will and testament of former "Superman" actor Jackie Cooper reportedly includes a "poison pill" clause designed to prevent people from contesting it, according to TMZ.com.

The news source reports that the last will, which was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court two days after Cooper died last week, left everything to his wife. However, since she reportedly died before him, the estate will now be divided equally between the couple's children.

However, in order to prevent any of the children from contesting the will, Cooper reportedly included a clause that would significantly cut the amount given to that individual.

"I give to such persons so contesting or objecting the sum of five dollars ($5.00) and no more," Cooper allegedly wrote.

According to the news source, such stipulations are often referred to as "poison pill" clauses because they have negative consequences for those who attempt to challenge the document.

In addition to "Superman," Cooper also starred in the film "Skippy" when he was a child.