As a 16-year-old entering undergrad, Ashley Brooks saw herself entering the political arena. But during her undergraduate years, the law beckoned.
She found that her compassionate, friendly personality paired well with her desire to help others – to make the world a better place during her time on earth. It also didn’t hurt that Ashley, as her friends and family call her, possessed a lot of Atticus Finch’s personality traits from Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”: respectful, honest, reasonable and ethical. These qualities, plus her affinity for aging adults, led her in one direction.
Ashley chose to set up a practice helping people with trusts, wills, estates, and elder law after graduating from Regent University School of Law.
Ashley enjoys the one-on-one relationships she has with her clients, not only as a planner but as a trusted adviser. For more than 15 years she has dedicated her time to helping individuals, families and businesses plan and navigate their legal challenges.
In 2018, Ashley chose to meld her areas of expertise with Mahoney & Richmond, PLLC, and its boutique family law practice. Ashley continues to serve clients throughout Hampton Roads and elsewhere in Virginia by providing counsel on how best to leave their legacies and administer estate plans for the best use, protection, and disposition of their hard-earned assets. Ashley realizes that each estate plan must be tailored to the individual or family. She believes her role is to listen to concerns and goals and recommend plans and tools to serve her clients’ needs and objectives.
Ashley has received several prestigious awards throughout her tenure as an attorney, including the Virginia Super Lawyers: Rising Stars’ list for Estate Planning and Probate from 2013-2017, the Virginia Super Lawyers list in 2018 and 2019, and Coastal Virginia Business’s Best Attorneys award for 2019 & 2021. She is a member of Wealth Counsel and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, as well as a board member for the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters’ child abuse program. She is a former adjunct faculty member for Tidewater Community College’s Paralegal Program.
In her spare time, Ashley loves to hike, garden, ride horses or hang with her two dogs: Evan, a Welsh Corgi, and Harper, a hound-pit-bull mix. She also likes to plan vacations around visiting art museums and galleries locally and around the world.