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Why the Coronavirus Outbreak Is a Major Cause of Concern for Kobe Bryant’s Widow Vanessa

Why the Coronavirus Outbreak Is a Major Cause of Concern for Kobe Bryant’s Widow Vanessa
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Kobe Bryant’s widow Vanessa is trying to prevent COVID-19 from wreaking havoc in her life.

TMZ reports Vanessa has filed legal documents asking a judge to appoint a guardian ad litem for their daughters Natalia and Bianka as soon as possible. She is also asking for an guardian ad litem for their youngest daughter Capri, who was not named in his trust.

In the documents, Vanessa is asking for something to be done quickly “due to court closures caused by the global pandemic [COVID-19].”

A hearing has been set for next week to handle Bryant’s guardianship request.

Earlier this week, Vanessa asked a judge to modify Kobe’s trust to include Capri, 9 months.

Capri was born after Kobe last updated his trust in 2017 to include their daughter Bianka. The court papers stated, “The proposed modification furthers and supports the primary purpose of the trust. The First Partial Amendment makes clear Kobe's intent to provide for 'any children of (his) marriage to Vanessa' in his trust. However, because it was drafted after the birth of Bianka, but before the birth of Capri... the Trust is silent with respect to Capri and her descendants."

Kobe created the trust in 2003, the same year they welcomed oldest daughter Natalia. Since then, it appears to have been amended several times to include their other children. The document stated, “The material purpose of the Trust is to provide a fund for Kobe's wife and daughters of Kobe and Vanessa for their support, care, and maintenance and, at the same time, to provide protection for the Trust's assets so that the assets will be available for the benefit of Kobe and Vanessa's daughters, equally, upon Vanessa's death.”

The issue with not amending the trust is that “the Bryant Trusts will be divided into two shares, not three” after Vanessa’s death.

Capri was born after Kobe last updated his trust in 2017 to include their daughter Bianka. The court papers stated, “The proposed modification furthers and supports the primary purpose of the trust. The First Partial Amendment makes clear Kobe's intent to provide for 'any children of (his) marriage to Vanessa' in his trust. However, because it was drafted after the birth of Bianka, but before the birth of Capri... the Trust is silent with respect to Capri and her descendants."

Kobe created the trust in 2003, the same year they welcomed oldest daughter Natalia. Since then, it appears to have been amended several times to include their other children. The document stated, “The material purpose of the Trust is to provide a fund for Kobe's wife and daughters of Kobe and Vanessa for their support, care, and maintenance and, at the same time, to provide protection for the Trust's assets so that the assets will be available for the benefit of Kobe and Vanessa's daughters, equally, upon Vanessa's death.”

The issue with not amending the trust is that “the Bryant Trusts will be divided into two shares, not three” after Vanessa’s death.

In late January, Kobe and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna perished in a helicopter crash with seven others on the way to a basketball game.

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