Clients Come First

Making a connection with each client is important to Ashley and her team. 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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Sandy Hughes

Client services Director

Sandy lives in Capitola and is excited to be a team member at Beautiful Life Estate Planning! Sandy’s focus as Client Services Director is to ensure that Beautiful Life Estate Planning’s clients have a positive experience and feel supported as they do this important piece of adulting in their lives!

For the last 8 years, Sandy has had her own Executive Coaching practice. She has been living her purpose, which has been to help high achievers tap into their unique talents and strengths and from that empowered place develop a plan for continued success in their lives and work. That purpose translates beautifully into supporting Beautiful Life Estate Planning’s clients to get organized and answer any questions they may have throughout their estate planning process. Sandy totally believes in estate planning having worked with her mother on her estate planning and witnessed how smoothly everything went (because of that important forward thinking and planning) when her mother passed away. As a result, she can speak to the need and benefit of a comprehensive and thorough estate planning approach through firsthand experience.

When not supporting Ashley and Beautiful Life Estate Planning, Sandy loves spending time with her loved ones; walking on the beach, up in Henry Cowell, or going down to Big Sur; cooking family favorites, and doing Pilates.
Sandy graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in Political Science. She also has an MBA from Santa Clara University, a PCC credential from the International Coaching Federation, a CPCC coaching certification from the Coaches Training Institute, and a Gallup Global Strengths Coach Certification.

Deja Herbert

Virtual Assistant and social media manager

Deja works virtually for Beautiful Life Estate Planning and loves being a part of the team! Her focus as a Virtual Assistant and Social Media Manager is to enhance the interactive experience between clients and the law firm and ultimately, to ensure that the entire experience is organized from start to finish.

Deja has a strong background in Customer Service and Success, having a wide range of experience in management/supervisory roles, account management, and most recently, process improvement and management. She wishes to help others achieve a sense of independence, and she strives to teach and lead, rather than direct people to get them to their goals. These morals directly correlate to Beautiful Life Estate Planning’s mission to educate the community about estate planning and to provide them with the knowledge to make important decisions in their lives. Having lost her father in late 2020, and not having anything in place for him prior to his passing (not even a will), Deja personally knows the unfortunate after-effects of not doing estate planning as well as the mess it can leave behind.

In her free time, Deja enjoys reading, spending quality time with her boyfriend, and teaching herself new skills. She also loves listening to music, and is privy to a wide range of genres, from R&B to smooth jazz to metal.

Deja graduated from Salisbury University with a BA in Psychology with a counseling track. She has also been HIPAA certified through Johns Hopkins Hospital and practices patient/client confidentiality.