Answer: this is a question for your lawyer , what is the bill that has not been paid for instance, does it have anything to do with the welfare of children involved, you could let your self open to being sued for not paying the full alimony , etc.
Answer: Coincidence? I just yesterday read a book that had a chart of the statute of limitations for debts in every state. According to the book, Florida is four years for "open accounts," like credit cards and five years for written contracts.
Answer: Unpaid hospital bills can affect credit
Yes, definitely. Although, it will only show up on your credit report after the hospital has proceeded to turn the debt over to a collection company and the collection company obtains a default judgment against you.
At that point, it will show up on your credit as a derogatory public record/lien/judgment.
Answer: Yes and no. There are supplemental insurance programs available - do an internet search for "supplemental insurance." Programs such as these will help pay that remaining percentage - in most cases, a large portion of it at least. Adding supplemental coverage can be a good option. I have an accident supplemental that does exactly what you are asking. It will pay up to $5000 per person per year for any expenses related to an accident only that your primary carrier does not pay. This means it will pay for deductibles, co-pays (like your 20%), extra services (your plan only pays for 6 physical therapy visits and you need 10) etc. Because it only pays what your primary carrier does not it is very inexpensive ($30/month for the whole family). If you also want coverage in the event of illness you can also by supplemental products for that as well.
Answer: Actually it can take your things (also known as property) if you do not pay due to the indiviual needs and agreements of the contract. But back to your question yes it can take savings (probably before home or property) and your home.
In the US a surviving spouse is responsible if the married couple resided in a community property state or the spouse accepted the responsibilty by signing a written agreement.
If such is not the case and the deceased had no unexempt assets that can be used to pay medical expenses the debt becomes null and void.
Surviving children or other relatives are not responsible for the debt unless they signed a written agreement accepting responsibility.
Answer: No,NO. In the USA you cant get arrested for owing a bill. Debt is considered a civil matter and not a criminial matter. If you use fraud (phony name etc) to attain those medical services then yes you could be arrested for fraud however that is entirely different than simple not paying a bill. Child support is the only civil debt I know of whereby if you dont pay you can be arrested.
Answer: The collection agent would have to file a lien against your assets, AND prove their case, but, yes, if you have verifiable unpaid medical bills a lien CAN be placed against your assets by the court.
Answer: The wife is who ever gets a deceased persons assets also gets their dept also since he was her husband it would have no longer been his debt but instead their dept. All money made in a marriage is the money of both partners equally along with all of the dept even if one person had it before the marriage both become reasonable for paying it.