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Unfortunately, if any real property is involved, then probate is necessary to change the legal ownership of the property from your father to you. You did note that the home was only in his name but that he left it to you in his will. Thus, you will need to complete probate to place legal title and ownership in your name.
Yes, if he was a resident of WA at the time of his death, then probate would be in the county of residence at the time of death.
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