Allard Smith A Professional Law Corporation
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Experienced Litigators in the Courts of San Diego & the Inland Empire

Our attorneys have a proven track record of success advancing claims for clients in probate courts throughout the state. At Allard Smith A Professional Law Corporation, we represent executors, heirs, trustees, trust beneficiaries and family members in probate petitions, will contests, breach of trust, financial elder abuse claims, breach of fiduciary duty claims, quiet title actions, real property disputes and contested actions related to guardianships, conservatorships and powers of attorney.


Legal Team

Mara C. Allard, Esq.,
Attorney At Law

Phone: 760-448-6189

Ms. Allard established her own practice in 2008, in Carlsbad, after a 15-year career as a trial prosecutor from 1993-2008 in the San Diego County District Attorney’s where she conducted 75 jury trials and was assigned to the Family Protection Division for 7 years. This experience dovetailed in 2008 into representation of child victims in abuse lawsuits and representation of children with disabilities in administrative hearings.

In 2010, Ms. Allard developed a practice in civil elder abuse, real estate property disputes, and business disputes. Subsequently, she has brought her litigation experience into the probate and family courts in breach of fiduciary duty, civil financial elder abuse, undue influence and support and child custody matters in the superior counties of San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernadino, Sam Mateo, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Fresno and Mariposa.

While originally from Chicago and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Ms. Allard has long ties to the San Diego and Riverside County communities as a 1983 graduate from the Academy of Our Lady of Peace and California Western School of Law in 1992. She began her working career as a medical records clerk with Palomar Hospital in 1985, a public relations intern with the San Diego Chargers in 1986 and 1987, and after graduation from the University of Notre Dame was a White House staff writer for President Ronald Reagan. After returning to Southern California in 1988 she resided in Riverside County and worked as a general assignment news reporter covering development and land use issues in Riverside County and subsequently did the same in Rancho Santa Fe before attending law school. Ms. Allard has resided in Carlsbad, California since 1977.

Areas of Practice

  • Probate and Trust Litigation
  • Financial Elder Abuse Litigation
  • Family Law Support and Child Custody Litigation
  • Contested Conservatorships

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California


  • California Western School of Law
  • J.D. – 1992
  • American Jurisprudence Awards Torts I
  • University of Notre Dame
  • B.A. Program of Liberal Studies – 1987

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • San Diego County Bar Association


J. Brad Smith, Esq.,
Of Counsel

Phone: 760-448-6189

Mr. Smith is an experienced probate and family law litigator in courts throughout the state. Mr. Smith has conducted multiple depositions throughout the state and is trial experienced both as co-counsel and sole counsel in probate and family law matters.  Mr. Smith assists on both the litigation side with law and motion, discovery and trial and with uncontested probate petition matters with probate petitions and accountings.  Prior to becoming and attorney, Mr. Smith worked as a probate law clerk full-time drafting petitions, law and motion matters and discovery and appeals.

Areas of Practice

  • Probate and Trust Litigation
  • Financial Elder Abuse Litigation
  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • California 2017
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California 2017


  • Monterey College of Law
    • J.D. – 2016
  • University of San Francisco
  • B.A. Philosophy – 1994 (Certificate – Saint Ignatius Institute)


Areas of Practice

Trust, Probate, and Elder Abuse Litigation

In particular, we represent clients who are engaged in the following contested and uncontested matters:


Our firm is experienced with representing executors, personal representatives and heirs in probate courts throughout the state in both uncontested and contested matters including will contests.

Trust Litigation

Our firm provides clients with the experience necessary to advise both trustees and beneficiaries on the proper course of action when disputes arise.

Elder Abuse Litigation

Financial elder abuse is common and often reveals itself after a loved one passes. At our firm, we can pursue the recovery of lost assets to the estate.


Loved ones often find themselves weakened and vulnerable to abuse. At our firm, we are ready to act on your behalf to ensure your loved one is protected both physically and financially.


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