Basketball star Kobe Bryant died tragically less than two months ago, on January 26, 2020. His surviving wife, Vanessa Bryant, has filed a legal petition seeking to amend Kobe’s trust so that she can protect their youngest daughter, Capri. Capri Bryant was born after the most recent trust document was drafted and signed by Kobe.
In 2003, Kobe created a trust to provide for Vanessa and his children. At the time, he only had one child, Natalia. However, he amended the trust several times, most recently in 2017 after the birth of his third child, Blanka. It appears that he amended the trust after the birth of his children to appropriately account for them.
Capri, however, was born in June 2019, just seven months prior to Kobe’s unexpected death. Kobe did not amend his trust documents immediately prior to his death or after Capri’s birth, and as a result, Capri was inadvertently left out.
Kobe’s widow, Vanessa, has asked the court to amend the trust to include Capri and explained that it clearly was Kobe’s intent to provide for all of his children equally. The trust agreement provides that Vanessa, and his two older surviving children, Natalia and Bianka, can draw from the principal and income in the trust during Vanessa’s lifetime, and that the children would get the remainder upon her death. Vanessa seeks to include Capri in that distribution.
Cotzen Law handles a wide array of probate disputes and is happy to answer your questions regarding these types of proceedings.