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It is unlikely that you will be able to get a copy unless the law firm is still in business and they retained the file. That neing said where in California did your father reside in CA at the time of his death?
"current lawyer would not accept it as being legitimate"
As far as your mother's will an Attorney cannot determine if a will is valid this is for the court to decide.
I am not sure what you are telling me. The last document prepared for your mother's estate would be the one that the court would need to decide if it is valid. This is not up to an Attorney unless he is stating that it is missing the requirements to be valid.
Estate documents are filed in the county probate court where the person resided at the time of their death.
For Santa Clara you would contact the probate court at http://www.scscourt.org/court_divisions/probate/probate_home.shtml
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