Mary S. Falk
Falk, Barrot and Associates, LLP

865 Laurel Street Suite 4
San Carlos, CA 94070
TEL: (650) 463-1550

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About Falk, Barrot and Associates, LLP

Falk, Barrot and Associates, LLP is a firm focusing on estate planning, probate, trust administration and elder law issues. Based in San Carlos, CA, our mission is to provide residents of San Carlos and surrounding areas with quality estate planning resources, such as assistance with Living Trusts, Wills (simple & complex), Probate, Trust Administration, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Irrevocable Trusts, Family Limited Partnerships, and Charitable Giving. When you visit or call our office, we want you to feel comfortable discussing such an important issue concerning both you and your family. We want to arm you with the information you need to make an informed decision about your family's future. Visit our online Estate Planning Information Center to obtain timely, quality information on estate planning and related issues, including complimentary issues of our Special Reports and Estate Planning News articles. Residents of San Carlos and surrounding areas can register to attend our Estate Planning Seminars.

About Mary S. Falk

As a principal in the Estate Planning law firm of Falk, Cornell & Associates, LLP, Mary Falk devotes herself to practicing law with integrity and sincerity, providing her clients with the type of quality legal service she herself would seek from an attorney. Her focus on estate planning stems from her firm belief in protecting her clients and their families from the devastating effects that often accompany disability and death.


Mary first decided she would pursue a career in law when she was still a high school student. Upon receiving her Juris Doctor, she practiced with a firm in San Jose for eight years, concentrating in estate planning, real estate and business. Part of Mary’s enjoyment in practicing estate planning law comes from her love of tax law. As an estate planning attorney she can assist clients with their tax-related issues without limiting herself solely to tax law.

Mary first went out on her own in 1996, and joined forces shortly thereafter with Daniel Cornell, as attorney she had worked closely with for eight years, to form Falk, Cornell & Associates, LLP. Falk, Cornell & Associates, LLP concentrates on estate planning law exclusively.

Mary is a Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate law. She is a member of the Estate Planning, Probate and Trust section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association and the San Mateo County Bar Association. She is a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys.

Mary is coauthor of the books, “A Will is Not Enough in California.” and “Guiding Those Left Behind In California”. 


A graduate of Boston University, Ms Falk earned her undergraduate degree in Special Education and Elementary Education. After working in the education field for several years, she matriculated to Santa Clara University Law School. Mary started law school when her children were 6, 4 and 2—of which Serra Falk Goldman was the 6 year old and has now joined her mother in her practice.


Mary is the mother of three children and lives in Los Altos with her husband, Harry Falk, a Certified Public Accountant, who also works at Falk, Cornell & Associates, LLP. Her daughter, Serra, is a graduate from the University of San Francisco, School of Law, and has joined her mother in her practice at Falk, Cornell & Associates, LLP. Son, Harry IV, is a graduate of the University of Kansas and is employed at the FDIC, and son Taylor lives in Sonoma and was married in September 2007. Mary has five grandchildren, Harry V, Grace, George, Oliver & Marie. Mary is an avid football fan who relishes her tickets (and tailgates) to the San Francisco 49er games.

About the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys

The Academy is a national organization dedicated to promoting excellence in estate planning by providing its exclusive membership of attorneys with up-to-date research on estate and tax planning, educational materials, and other important resources to empower them to provide superior estate planning services. The Academy expects members to have at least 36 hours of legal education each year specifically in estate, tax, probate and/or elder law subjects. To ensure this goal is met, the Academy provides over 40 hours of continuing legal education each year. Since 1993, the Academy has also been a highly-regarded and sought-after resource for attorneys and consumers alike, and has been recognized by Consumer Reports, Suze Orman in her book, 9 Steps to Financial Freedom and numerous times by Money Magazine.