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Actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman "did not want his children to be considered 'trust fund' kids," according to court documents from his estate proceeding.

The unmarried actor died earlier this year following a drug overdose, leaving behind three children -- Cooper, 10; Tallulah, 7; and Willa, 5 -- as well as a substantial estate. But the New York Post reports that Hoffman's accountant told an attorney appointed to represent the children that Hoffman "summarily rejected" the idea of leaving his children money through trusts.

To whom will his reported $35 million estate go?

Radio personality Casey Kasem passed away Sunday, leaving behind a media legacy and some eye-opening lessons regarding end-of-life/estate planning.

Kasem, who was also the voice of Shaggy from "Scooby Doo" for over four decades, spent his final years in a battle over his health and his estate, with his second wife and adult children on opposite sides, reports Reuters.

As we say goodbye to the beloved "American Top 40" host, here are five estate planning lessons we may take away from Kasem's life and death:

As the world mourns the loss of poet Maya Angelou, TMZ is reporting that the woman who called 911 was hesitant to perform CPR on the dying Angelou because she had expressed a desire not to be resuscitated.

However, since Angelou's wishes were apparently not spelled out in an advanced directive or living will, the 911 operator instructed Angelou's caretaker to perform CPR.

Although the caretaker's life-saving measures were unsuccessful, the incident still sheds light on an important issue for people of any age: how to ensure that end-of-life wishes are honored.

Sara Kapfer and Cuba Gooding Jr.: Divorcing or Separating?

Another one bites the dust: Sara Kapfer has filed for separation from actor Cuba Gooding Jr. after 20 years of marriage.

Kapfer is citing "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split and is asking for joint legal and physical custody of their three kids, according to TMZ. Although some news sources are reporting that Kapfer is filing for divorce, TMZ is reporting that she filed for separation.

So what's the difference between separation and divorce?

Mickey Rooney Estate Fight Ends With Burial Agreement

The late actor Mickey Rooney can finally rest in peace, now that an agreement has been reached between his estate and his ex-wife regarding his burial plan.

Rooney, who died Sunday at age 93, expressed interest in being buried somewhere with a connection to Hollywood film stars, while his estranged ex-wife Jan Rooney believed that the actor should be buried at a family plot near Hollywood, according to the New York Daily News.

The now-diffused legal battle may leave fans wondering if burial plans should be included as part of a will.

L'Wren Scott's Will Leaves All to Mick Jagger

The late fashion designer L'Wren Scott's will leaves her entire $9 million estate to her boyfriend, Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger.

Scott's estate includes jewelry, furniture, clothing, automobiles, and property, Reuters reports.

Although Scott had surviving family members, she chose to omit those potential heirs from her will. A closer look at the will itself may prove instructive for those making their own estate-planning arrangements.

Lil Wayne's Tax Lien: 5 Lessons for Consumers

Lil Wayne is facing a tax lien to the tune of $12 million, stemming from years of unpaid taxes.

Weezy allegedly failed to pay taxes for 2011 and 2012. For 2011 he owes a staggering $5.8 million. And for the following year, it's even worse -- more than $6.3 million, TMZ reports.

So what exactly is a tax lien? Here's the answer, along with a few other lessons we can learn from Lil Wayne's tax lien:

MLK's Bible, Nobel Medal Placed in Court's Care in Estate Fight

Martin Luther King Jr.'s personal Bible and Nobel Peace Prize medal must be stored in a safe deposit box that only the court will access, an Atlanta judge ruled.

The Bible and medal will remain there until an estate fight over the items between King's children is resolved, Reuters reports.

For the King children, a day of litigation is a day like any other.

'Drake and Josh's' Drake Bell in Bankruptcy Proceedings: Report

Drake Bell, a former child star on Nickelodeon's "Drake and Josh," filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last May. The 27-year-old actor is seeking relief from debts reaching into seven figures.

The young star has been struggling with an erratic income and racked up around $2.166 million in debts since the hit Nickelodeon show ended, New York Daily News reports.

Bell certainly isn't alone when it comes to former child stars in dire financial straits. Last November, Aaron Carter filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy for debts mirroring Bell's figure: $2.2 million.

Paul Walker's Will, Trust Offer Estate-Planning Lessons

Although Paul Walker was anything but ordinary, his will and trust can provide estate planning lessons for everyone.

Walker's will revealed interesting information about him and gives insight into what one should consider when drafting wills and trusts.

Here are seven estate planning lessons to learn from the late-actor's will.