Giving Tuesday Goal Met, Exceeded

    Thanks to our incredibly generous community, we met our Giving Tuesday goal. How much was raised? Click the link to find out. And if you didn't have a chance to give yesterday, your gift can still be matched through our Here for Justice Giving Challenge!

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  • Healthcare.gov Open Enrollment Is Here!

    Pisgah Legal is pleased to offer free, unbiased assistance reviewing your options for health insurance through the ACA Marketplace. Open enrollment runs until Jan. 15, 2024.

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  • Medicaid Expansion Begins Dec. 1

    Pisgah Legal Services is helping people in WNC understand if they qualify for Medicaid, if they may sign up for Healthcare.gov health insurance, or if they are in need of legal resources. To make an appointment use the link below or call 828-210-3404.

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  • Ready to Give Local?

    Thanks to Mountain Xpress, Pisgah Legal Services is once again featured in their annual giving guide. It's a fun way to give and keep your charitable dollars right here in WNC!

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  • Thank you!

    Thank you for attending the 13th Annual Forum

    We were informed, motivated, and energized by Matthew Desmond. It was powerful to be together in community, at Kimmel arena, online and at our regional watch parties.

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  • Child Poverty Rate Doubles

    The poverty rate has surged as pandemic protections and child tax credits were ended. Pisgah Legal works with families who struggle to make ends meet and children who are in crisis every day. We need your support to continue to serve them.

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Who We Are

Who We Are

We are a nonprofit that provides free civil legal aid to the most vulnerable people in WNC: disadvantaged children, seniors, at risk families & domestic violence victims.

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Make a tax-deductible contribution to Pisgah Legal Services and know that your donation is going to help local people right here in our mountains.



We need you! Whether you are a lawyer or a member of the community who wants to give back, there are many different ways that you can get involved.

Do you need help from Pisgah Legal Services? Apply online or call (828)253-0406 or toll-free at (800)489-6144

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Our Impact on Western North Carolina

people from across the mountains helped by Pisgah Legal in 2022
million secured in quantifiable benefits for our clients in 2022
local attorneys volunteer their services to assist PLS clients
survivors of domestic violence and their children helped in 2022

We are Pisgah Legal Services

Pat & Phil Smith

Pat and Phil are Co-Chairs of the PLS Endowment Campaign. Phil is a retired attorney with The Van Winkle Law Firm, and Pat is the retired executive director of CFWNC.

Joanne Gaylord

Joanne’s friendly face is often the first folks see as they enter the Asheville office. She has been Pisgah Legal’s receptionist for 20 years.

Lyn & Tom Leslie

Lyn & Tom are long-time supporters of Pisgah Legal Services and owners of Leslie and Associates. They are lead supporters of The Children’s Law Project.

Russell Shuler

Russell is an advertising veteran, with 30+ years experience as an art/creative director. He uses his creative expertise to help raise funds for Pisgah Legal.

John Noor

John is an attorney at Roberts & Stevens who also volunteers pro bono as a MAVL attorney with Pisgah Legal, helping survivors escape domestic violence.

Latest News & Events

GivingTuesday, Justice Bus Debut Featured on WLOS

GivingTuesday was held on Nov. 28 and we are thrilled that we exceeded our goal! WLOS highlighted the impact your gift has on Pisgah Legal and the services we provide to Western North Carolina. Donations help Pisgah Legal function throughout...


After more than 40 years of service, Jim Barrett announces plans to retire in August 2024

After more than 40 years of service, Jim Barrett announces plans to retire in August 2024. Jim says, “I am incredibly grateful to have had the privilege of working at Pisgah Legal for more than 40 years and leading the...


Mountain Xpress Discusses Funding Cuts for Domestic Violence Prevention Services

PLS Executive Director Jim Barrett recently spoke with the Mountain Xpress about major federal funding cuts that are threatening Pisgah Legal’s domestic violence prevention services to people – primarily women and children – across our mountains who depend on us...