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Has anyone filed a probate case to settle his estate?.
Do you know if he had a lot of debts when he died so that he owed more than he owned?
Did the ex-wife sign something agreeing to pay the bill? What is the bill for?
Ok, to be honest, if he owed more debts than he had in assets, then any money that was returned to the estate would have to go to pay the estate debts and the heirs wouldn't get it.
Any money from prepaid rent or deposit would have to be returned to the Administrator of his estate (executor except with no will). That person has a legal duty to use any assets first to pay debts of the decedent and any administrative costs before any heirs get anything. So if he had $10K in assets and owed $15K when he died, the heirs get nothing.
So there really isn't any reason for anyone to file a probate case to settle his estate because no one will receive anything.
As for the bill, just because it has the ex wife's name on it, that doesn't make her liable. She would have had to sign something agreeing to be liable for the debt before they could force her to pay it. So it is possible that he might have used her info to incur the bill in a fraudulent manner, but that doesn't make her liable for it.