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Is it best to hire a probate attorney to work with us once in Washington?
I cannot see why your attorney would have recommended getting an attorney in Washington. If you are going to challenge a CA trust and everything took place in CA then a CA lawyer absolutely makes the most sense.
can I proceed with this in Washington?
Not under the facts you have given here. In order to proceed in a case you must have both jurisdiction and venue. If everything took place in CA then the CA courts have both jurisdiction and venue of the case. The only exception would be if the person you intend to sue lives in WA then you could probably bring the case there but the court in WA would likely dismiss it if the defendant asked them to and state that CA is the proper court.
However, you can hire a CA lawyer and have them handle the case there in CA and you would only have to return for a deposition and the final trial. The lawyer could represent you in any pretrial motions or hearings.