According to TMZ, Burt Reynolds' sole child, son Quinton, 30, was left out of his will because Burt created a trust for him several years ago. The money from that trust goes to Quinton Reynolds.
This is usually done to avoid estate taxes, and it appears that all of Reynolds’ assets were put in the trust, according to Wealth Advisor’s recent article entitled “Burt Reynolds' Will Says Niece Will Manage His Estate.”
The actor’s will was described as a "hollow document" because it says all assets not already in the trust will be directed to it.
Reynolds probably didn’t designate his son as the trustee, to avoid a conflict of interest because he’s the beneficiary of the trust.
Reynolds died of a heart attack in September in his Jupiter, Florida home at age 86. His death certificate noted that the actor’s remains were cremated.
The Hollywood star was known for his long list of hit films from the 1970s and early 1980s, including Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit, The Cannonball Run, Stroker Ace, Best Friends, City Heat, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Hooper. Burt was nominated for an Oscar for Boogie Nights, which also won him a Golden Globe award.
Reynolds’ will designates his niece, Nancy Lee Brown Hess, as the trustee for his estate.
"My uncle was not just a movie icon; he was a generous, passionate and sensitive man who was dedicated to his family, friends, fans and acting students," she said after Reynolds' death.
Reynolds was cast in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, but the star died before he could film his role.
"He has had health issues. However, this was totally unexpected. He was tough. Anyone who breaks their tailbone on a river and finishes the movie is tough. And that’s who he was. My uncle was looking forward to working with Quentin Tarantino [in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood] and the amazing cast that was assembled."
Burt Reynolds was married to Judy Crane from 1963 to 1965 and Loni Anderson from 1988 to 1994. Anderson and Reynolds adopted Quinton.
Reference: Wealth Advisor (September 18, 2018) “Burt Reynolds' Will Says Niece Will Manage His Estate”