• October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    Impossible Choices: Housing or Domestic Violence

    What’s the relationship between domestic violence and homelessness? Find out in this month’s WNC Woman Magazine which features the work of Pisgah Legal Services.

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  • Don't Wait! Call TODAY!

    2017 ACA Enrollment: Nov. 1 – Dec. 15

    If you need help getting insurance through the ACA, free, in-person assistance is available. Have questions about Blue Cross/Blue Shield? Will Trump’s new order impact this enrollment?

    We can help! Call today and make an appointment: 1-855-733-3711.

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  • On NPR's Marketplace

    Investing in Legal Aid to Reduce Evictions

    New York City is investing $155 million in funding each year for legal aid to assist low-income families on the verge of eviction.  Steven Banks, commissioner of the city’s Department of Social Services, says, “To spend a couple of thousand dollars to provide legal services versus tens of thousands of dollars to provide shelter makes this a very good investment.”

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  • Thanks to All Our Sponsors!

    Matthew Desmond Inspires, Engages at Poverty Forum

    More than 1,000 people came to UNCA to hear the Pulitzer Prize Winner speak about the connection between housing and poverty. 

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  • Helping Immigrants in WNC

    Pisgah Legal staff and volunteer attorneys are helping those who need to sign up for DACA renewals before Oct. 5. as well as other immigrants here in the mountain region. 

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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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Donate Now

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.


Our Impact on Western North Carolina



people from across the mountains helped by Pisgah Legal in 2016



million secured in quantifiable benefits for our clients in 2016



local attorneys volunteer their services to assist PLS clients



victims of domestic violence and their children helped in 2016

We are Pisgah Legal Services

Pat & Phil Smith

Pat and Phil are Co-Chairs of the PLS Endowment Campaign. Phil is an 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 15 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

Will Trump Order Affect 2017 ACA Enrollment?

Watch this story on WLOS to find out what Pisgah Legal Services’ Managing Attorney Jackie Kiger has to say.


Nov. 9 Expunction CLE

On Nov. 9th from 8:30-11:45 am at The Van Winkle Law Firm, Pisgah Legal Services will co-host an Expunction CLE  with the 28th Judicial District Bar and the Buncombe County Office of the Public Defender. We will focus on maximizing relief…


NC Navigators Get Support

Pisgah Legal Services is gearing up for the next ACA Open Enrollment  beginning November 1 and ending December 15, which is a much shorter time period this year. Find out more in North Carolina Health News.