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Gary Coleman’s Estate: Court Rules Against His Ex, Finds She Abused And Cheated On Him

Gary Coleman's EstateBy all accounts, actor Gary Coleman had a difficult life after his days as the childhood star of Diff’rent Strokes.  He was estranged from his parents and died — nearly broke — at the age of 42.  While he was married at one time, he said in a TV interview that he remained a virgin, even after his marriage.  So what kind of marriage was it?

Not a very happy one, according to a Utah judge who recently issued a ruling to decide who gets to administer, and ultimately inherit, what little constitutes Gary Coleman’s Estate.  The lawsuit pitted Gary Coleman’s ex-wife, Shannon Price — who said she actually was still his wife until he died — against Coleman’s friend and former head of his corporation, Anna Gray.

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In 2005, Gary Coleman signed a will naming Gray as his executor and beneficiary.  But Coleman married Price in 2007, and then signed a handwritten codicil to the will (“codicil” means amendment to a will) in Read more...

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Gary Coleman’s Ashes Sit While his Ex-Wife Fights his Estate

Shannon Price and Gary Coleman enjoyed a brief, but love-filled marriage until they divorced in 2008. How do we know it was so loving? Because, according to Price, they remained together as common-law husband and wife, even after they divorced.

That’s right, she says they lived together, enjoyed marital relations, and considered themselves to be a married couple until Coleman passed away at age 42 on May 28, 2010. Utah is one of the few states that permits common-law marriages.

And whether they truly were a common-law married couple is the focus of the estate fight currently brewing now. It doesn’t make much sense for a couple to get divorced, as Coleman and Price did, but then become a common-law married couple.

Perhaps that’s why the estate fight has dragged on so long. Price’s spokesperson said that she’s battling in part to be able to receive Coleman’s ashes so she can properly lay them to rest … that is, she wants to lay most of them to rest.

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Forbes: Celebrity Death and Divorce Train Wrecks

Forbes.com recently featured an article we wrote about our celebrity-based Trial & Heirs‘ Top Five Estate Planning Tips for Divorcees.  Here’s a shortened version.  Go to Forbes.com for the full article: Forbes_home_logo

1. Update your will and/or trust. Life events like divorces are a critical time to update all estate planning documents with an experienced attorney.

Take the case of Gary Coleman.  Since his death, a variety of documents have surfaced purporting to be his will.  We know that Gary Coleman was divorced in 2008 from his wife, Shannon Price.  It was on an episode of Divorce Court after all!  The problem is that Price claims that she’s entitled to inherit all of Coleman’s assets based on a 2007 handwritten will and as his “common-law wife.”  Now it looks like the estate will be tied up in a long and nasty fight.  If Gary Coleman had an estate planning attorney draft a clear will after his divorce, the impending legal battle may have been avoided.

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Gary Coleman Estate: More wills … and yes, more fighting

The craziness surrounding the Gary Coleman estate, a mere two weeks after he passed, continues to grow.  We now have not one — but two — new wills that recently surfaced.Gary Coleman Estate

As The Probate Lawyer Blog recently discussed, Coleman’s ex-wife, Shannon Price, produced a new handwritten codicil (meaning a will amendment) that favors her.  Dated about one week after the couple married in 2007, the document, in Coleman’s handwriting, spelled out that everything should pass to Price.

TMZ has obtained and posted a copy of the handwritten will.  One part of it is very interesting:

“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.”

Why would Coleman feel the need to spell this out if there was no question of coercion?  And what did he mean by “selfishness and weakness”?  Did it have anything to do with the fact that Coleman 

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More fireworks for the Gary Coleman Estate

The Probate Lawyer Blog posed the question a few days ago:  Will there be a fight over Gary Coleman’s estate?  It looks like we have an answer — a resounding “Yes!”.Willis-and-arnold

And it all centers around Gary Coleman’s final wishes.  The 1999 will has been released.  You can download Gary Coleman’s Will (courtesy of TMZ).

It’s very brief (all of a page and a half), and it appoints his friend Dion Mial as executor and directs that all of his assets be turned over to a trust he created called the Millennium Edge Trust.

It also states that he should be cremated and that only those with no “financial ties” to him be invited to his wake.  Coleman wants them to “look each other in the eyes and say they really cared personally for Gary Coleman.”  And no members of the press are invited!

Based on this language, ex-wife Shannon Price may not be included.  It sure looks like she has financial ties to him — at least, if

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Will there be a fight over Gary Coleman’s estate?

Gary Coleman died just over a week ago, on May 28, 2010.  And in that week, there have already been enough surprises to spark a whole series of “Whatcha talkin ’bout Willis!”‘s.  Coleman and Price

First came the question of how Gary Coleman died at the age of 42.  According to the 911 tapes, Shannon Price (who called herself his wife) summoned emergency personnel when he fell and hit his head.  She was frantic over what to do with her “husband”.

Sadly, he didn’t recover from the accident, despite being “conscious and lucid” the next morning, according to a Provo, Utah hospital spokesman.  He took a turn for the worse and was put on life support until Price decided to pull the plug, only two days after he hit his head.

Coleman’s parents were bothered after they learned of his death from the media.  Of course, these parents weren’t exactly close with their son.  He had successfully sued them in 1989, claiming they had stolen much of his earnings as a childhood star

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