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Permission sought to sell Gary Coleman’s Utah County home

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PROVO — As the legal debate continues, the court-appointed attorney overseeing Gary Coleman's estate has filed a motion asking the court to approve the cleaning and listing of Coleman's Santaquin home.

The motion, which was filed this week in 4th District Court by the estate's special administrator, Robert Jeffs, said the property has been in foreclosure since July 13. The house and the lot next to it still have an unpaid balance of $325,158.58, as well as $9,429.64 in delinquent payments, plus $2,084.68 owed in interest.

"There appears to be insufficient monthly income in the estate to pay the ongoing costs to maintain the home and costs associated with the debt owed to Chase Mortgage Company," the motion states.

Based on an estimate by the TRH Property Group, the motion requests the house and adjoining lot be listed at $324,000. Jeffs also asked for court permission to have the house cleaned and the contents stored at another location.

The residential broker price opinion rated the design, appeal, condition and quality of construction of Coleman's house "poor" in comparison to three other homes in the same neighborhood. It has an only partially finished basement, but the opinion also noted it has almost 1,000 more square feet of living space than the average home in its neighborhood.

The same day the motion to sell Coleman's home was filed, Coleman's parents filed a motion fighting Coleman's ex-wife Shannon Price's petition for common law marriage.

In the motion, Willie Coleman and Edmonia Sue Coleman denied allegations that Price sought appointment as Coleman's personal representative as his "surviving spouse."

The motion also contended there was not enough legal evidence to support Price's petition saying that her marriage to Coleman involved legal-aged and capable parties and that the marriage ended in a sealed divorce on Aug. 12, 2008.

No further court dates or hearings have been set for Gary Coleman's estate.

Coleman, who starred for eight seasons on the TV sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes," died in a Provo hospital May 28 after suffering a brain hemorrhage following a fall in his home. He was 42. Price and Coleman met in Salt Lake City in 2005 on the set of the comedy "Church Ball" and he moved to Utah. The couple married, then divorced in 2008.

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