I am sorry to hear your family is having to deal with this.
Under a dba, there is no liability protection so the owner can be held personally liable as a result of any dba lawsuits.
Spouses are not liable for the other spouse's debt unless they cosign or personally guarantee a loan. Arkansas is one of a few states that have even abolished the doctrine of necessities which made a spouse liable for the other's medical/living expenses.
The spouse's IRA is immune from the other party's judgments.
The homestead exemption does provide protection from liens on residences; please see:
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