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 San Carlos with her husband, Harry Falk, who recently retired as a Certified Public Accountant. 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 Rohnert Park. Mary’s has six grandchildren, Harry V, Grace, George, Oliver, Marie and Leander. Mary enjoys traveling to Italy where she has many cousins and is learning to speak Italian.


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