Gary Coleman may have died with few assets to his name, but the ultimate beneficiary of his estate could stand to make millions.
With that much money at stake, it's no surprise that a battle has erupted over his estate. Two of Coleman's exes -- his ex-wife Shannon Price and a former girlfriend and manager, Anna Gray -- have both laid claims to his estate.
"It's not just his present assets anybody is fighting over," Gray's attorney Randy Kester told ABCNews.com. "It's a survivor death benefit that Ms. Price has already grabbed, potential book deals and movie rights. His present assets pale significantly in comparison to what may be garnered. It could potentitally be millions."
At stake are Coleman's 4,405-square-foot home outside Salt Lake City, valued at $315,000, a pension, residuals from Coleman's TV and movie work and the right to license his likeness.
With one will naming Gray as a partial beneficiary and an addendum naming Price as the sole beneficiary, it could be a while before the estate is sorted out.
On Monday, a Utah district judge appointed Provo attorney Robert Jeffs as the special administrator of Coleman's estate to oversee his property and the cremation of his remains until the dispute between his exes is settled.
His cremation was delayed until today so that Gray, who lives in Portland, Ore., could travel to Utah to view his body.
The judge also entered a restraining order last Friday to restrict any more property being removed from Coleman's home. Gray has accused Price of "invading" Coleman's home and removing personal papers and other belongings. The judge ordered all of Coleman's property, including his beloved model trains, to be accounted for.
Price's attorney Mitch Maughan told ABCNews.com that the value of Coleman's estate has been greatly exaggerated.
"It doesn't have a lot of value," he said. "There are a lot of creditors out there. Most likely, his property will have to be sold and disposed of, and at the end of the day there will probably be nothing left over."
Shannon Price Named in Coleman's Codicil
He also said Coleman's pension from the Screen Actors Guild was not in the millions as previously reported. In an interview last week with RadarOnline, Coleman's "Diff'rent Strokes" co-star Todd Bridges said he believed that Coleman was entitled to a multi-million dollar pension.
"He may have died with no money but his pension is huge," Bridges said.
But Maughan said the pension, which lists Price as the beneficiary and does not have to pass through probate, does not amount to "a lot of money."
Despite the current value of the estate, Price is fighting to be named as its executor. She claims that a 2007 codicil, handwritten by Coleman and titled "addendum to all wills and trusts" names her as executor and sole heir.
It will be up to the court to decide if the codicil is valid. One issue is whether the document, which was signed one week after their marriage, was made void after they divorced.
Price maintains that even though she and Coleman were married for only a year before they divorced in August 2008, she should still be considered the "surviving spouse."