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I am afraid that the death of the principle on the lease does not terminate the lease. Your daughter is still liable on the lease because your daughter's name is ***** ***** lease. If her name was not on the lease, then your ex's estate would be liable for the payments.
Your daughter, absent a will to the contrary, is also an heir of mom's estate, so your daughter has to file to open probate on mom's estate and hopefully mom left enough money to pay off the lease.It is not so drastic though that she would have to quit school and give up all her life's plans just to pay this lease, but she may have to adjust her life to get some part time job to make payments.
If she does not pay with her name on the lease, they will destroy her credit and can eventually garnish her wages when she does get a job.