Gary Coleman's Estate: How Much Was It Worth?

"They haven't been apart for any period of time," he said. "Notwithstanding the divorce, nothing changed. She didn't even move out of the house. They continued to share joint checking accounts and all of the debts. They filed income taxes as husband and wife."

Maughan said that even though the couple was no longer legally married, they did have a common-law marriage, which is recognized in Utah.

The other issue with the codicil is whether it actually reflects Coleman's wishes or was something he was coerced into signing.

"Anybody who knows Gary would say that's not his language," said Kester, who was Coleman's lawyer for three years in his divorce and several criminal matters before representing Anna Gray.

Anna Gray Still Had Feelings for Coleman

The codicil includes a Latin reference to children, though Coleman and Price did not have any, and includes some odd phrasing, including: "I have made this change of free will and and was not coerced in any way. This I have done because of my personal selfishness and weakness and I love her with all of my heart."

Kester also questions how much love was between the couple.

"The neighbors can tell you about the love," he said. "There are records that will show police were called at least 20 or 30 times to their house."

"Gary had a quick temper and she had her ups and downs, but overall they had a lot more good times than bad times," Maughan said in response.

Kester said Gray, who knew Coleman for eight years, still had strong feelings for the actor. When she learned that Coleman had named her as executor and partial beneficiary in a 2005 will that he signed, she "completely broke down."

Anna Gray and Gary Coleman at the 2003 Emmy Awards.

"She was so touched by that. It just revived all these emotions," Kester said. "They were close friends, business associates, she was his manager, they lived together."

Ultimately whoever controls Coleman's estate also stands to gain in the future through licensing and merchandising deals.

Michigan probate attorney Andrew Mayoras told that such deals could generate millions, much like it did for Jimi Hendrix's estate. Hendrix was broke at the time of his death, Mayoras said. But when his estate passed to his father, he grew it into an $80 million venture. When his father died, Hendrix's half sister and brother squabbled over the estate.

In the case of Coleman's estate, Mayoras believes there is the "potential for millions," he said. "They have to know that or there wouldn't be all this fighting."

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