Mark Stanton Smith

Mark Stanton Smith: Attorney with Heard & Smith, LLP AV stamp icon
  • Partner at Heard & Smith, LLP (21 Attorneys)
  • 10715 Gulfdale Street, Suite 100, San Antonio, TX 78216
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Mark Stanton Smith is a long-time resident of San Antonio. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Government in 1983. Upon returning to San Antonio, Mr. Smith graduated from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1985 and shortly thereafter began his practice with Partner John R. Heard. Probate and guardianship are particular areas of interest for Mr. Smith and he has written, lectured and taught in these areas. Mr. Smith has served two terms as President of the National Guardianship Association and is a nationally recognized expert in guardianship law. In 1996, Mr. Smith was elected to the Texas Guardianship Advisory Board by the probate judges of Texas. Mr. Smith has been involved in hundreds of cases and estates, including contested guardianship and wills and has litigated cases throughout the federal and state court systems. Recently, Mr. Smith received an appointment to the Advisory Council of the Center for American History, a division of the University of Texas at Austin.

Areas of Practice (16)

  • Probate
  • Guardianship
  • Wills-Trusts-Probate
  • Guardianship and Conservatorship
  • Adult Guardianship
  • Estate Planning
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Estate Administration
  • Wills
  • Contested Wills
  • Inheritance
  • Living Wills
  • Missing Heir Searches
  • Successions
  • Elder Law
  • Probate Administration

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
855-203-4355  Phone
(210) 572-6007  Phone
University Attended:
University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 1982
Law School Attended:
St. Mary's University of San Antonio, J.D., 1985
Year of First Admission:
1989, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas; US Court of Appeals for Veterans' Claims; 1995, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 1985, Texas; 1996, U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals; 1997, U.S. Supreme Court
San Antonio Bar Association; State Bar of Texas; College of State Bar of Texas; National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; San Antonio Estate Planners Council.
Birth Information:
Dallas, Texas, August 26, 1960
Hobbies & interests:
President, National Guardianship Association (1998–2000)Director, National Guardianship Association (1994–2005)Director, Guardianship Advisory Board (appointed 1997)Chair of Advisory Council of the Center for American History, University of Texas (2005-2011)Member of College of State Bar of TexasSan Antonio Bar AssociationState Bar of TexasNational Academy of Elder Law AttorneysSan Antonio Estate Planning CouncilSpeaker at 1996 National Guardianship Association Annual Conference, Litigating Contested Guardianships and Fiduciary LitigationKeynote address at 1998 National Guardianship Association Annual Conference, The Future of GuardianshipKeynote address at 1999 National Guardianship Association Annual Conference, Professionalism in GuardianshipSpeaker at 1998 Texas Guardianship Association Conference, End of Life DecisionsSpeaker at 1999 Texas Guardianship Association Conference, National Developments in Guardianship and panel discussion: End of Life DecisionsSpeaker at 1999 National Conference of Probate Judges, Update from the National Guardianship AssociationSpeaker at 2000 Docket Call presented by San Antonio Young Lawyer's Association, Lost in Space? Where to Go When You Need HelpQuoted in the Wall Street Journal, May 8, 1998Quoted in Worth Magazine "Guardian Angels", July 1998
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  • 4.8/5.0 (1 review)
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