My mother died in January this year and left a will, making my wife and I executors of her deceased estate that she had originally created with a solicitor in 2010. In 2014, she changed the will in front of a JP and struck a line through the section of the will that handed a sum of money to a beneficiary that she no longer wanted to have in the will for personal reasons. The amount was for $1000. There are 2 other beneficiaries mentioned as recipients of the small funds to be distributed from the proceeds remaining. Sadly and mistakenly, she did not write a new will or have any other witnesses to the codicil changes of this original 2010 will with the changes made of 2014. The Supreme Court in Victoria has recognised the changes but requires a mountain of red tape in order to act on the changes. This process may cost the estate, as we are told in excess of $3000 to undertake the paper trail and gather affidavits from the JP as to the knowledge of the reason for the changes and with the beneficiaries accepting the changes of the codicil. I wonder whether it would be better and more prudent to simply process as to her original will of 2010 as the proper document, to pay the $1000 benefit to the beneficiary struck off the invalid but known will that was changed in 2014 and to wind up the estate. It just seems futile to continue to go down a longer paper trail to process the changed will document and although she is dead, I know personally that my mother would have gone down the road of least resistance and saved the grief, time and money. Are there any thoughts as how to proceed?