Clients Come First

Making a connection with each client is important to Ashley. Our education-first model helps inform you so that you can make the best choice for your situation.

Ashley L. Thompson


Ashley was born in Santa Cruz and grew up in Scotts Valley. Ashley founded Beautiful Life Estate Planning on the belief that the traditional practice of law is often flawed, designed to escalate conflict or be purely transactional.  Ashley has chosen to be different, and has implemented a unique method for serving families by educating and empowering them to make informed decisions that best align with their individual needs, goals, and objectives.  Her mission is to help clients pass on more than just their money and she encourages others to think of estate planning as the best way to live a full and meaningful life.

Before founding Beautiful Life Estate Planning, Ashley spent seven years practicing as a litigator.  Disillusioned with the law, Ashley took a leave of absence from her legal career to walk dogs and bake at a local bakery.  After two years away, Ashley returned to the law to serve clients in a more humane way that keeps families out of court and out of conflict.  A proud aunt, Ashley understands the importance of estate planning from both the perspective of a loving family member and an experienced trial attorney.  When not dedicating time to her estate planning clients, Ashley enjoys playing with her nephew, running in Henry Cowell, and baking cookies.

Ashley graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude with college honors from UCLA in 2009.  Ashley received her Juris Doctor from UCLA School of Law in 2012.

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