• 1 in 4 NC Children Live in Poverty

    Remarkable Changes In Children When Household Income Improves

    Study shows a dramatic difference in the lives and behaviors of Native American children in WNC when their household income increased. Read about it in The Washington Post.

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  • Make a Gift by March 1st

    Become A Founding Attorney

    Generous attorneys in WNC have always been the lifeblood of Pisgah Legal Services. Now you can become a Founding Attorney by making a gift to the PLS Endowment.

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  • Con Artists Take $3 Billion/Year from Seniors

    Did you know that Pisgah Legal Services helps senior citizens who have become victims of fraud? Read more about how older people are being targeted by con artists in this Consumer Reports article.

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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 2014



million secured in quantifiable benefits for our clients in 2014



local attorneys volunteer their services to assist PLS clients



victims of domestic violence and their children helped in 2014

We are Pisgah Legal Services

Pat & Phil Smith

Pat and Phil Smith 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.

Yolanda Bopp

Yolanda is a beloved Latina leader in the region. She helps low-income immigrants meet their most basic needs, and has been a legal assistant for PLS since 2002.

Don & Marjorie Locke

Don and Marjorie are local activists in Asheville and long-time supporters of PLS. Don is also former President of the PLS Board of Directors.

Tom Siekman

Tom is a board member of Pisgah Legal Services. A retired corporate lawyer, he also volunteers as a MAVL attorney providing advice to clients on Pisgah’s Hotline.

Ray Reiser

Ray is a retired attorney who volunteers each week to prevent unlawful evictions and foreclosures and help clients with consumer issues.

Latest News & Events


Ambassador Training on Feb. 4th

Pisgah Legal Services will be hosting our next Ambassador Training on Thursday, February 4th from 12 noon to 1:30pm to provide our board members, volunteers and supporters with an overview of key information about Pisgah Legal Services’ programs, plans and fundraising….


Domestic Violence and Traumatic Brain Injury

“What researchers have learned from combat soldiers and football players and car-accident victims is only now making its way into the domestic-violence community: that the poor recall, the recanting, the changing details, along with other markers, like anxiety, hyper-vigilance, and…


Jan 2016 ACA Events

Time is running out for those who need to sign up for health insurance during ACA Open Enrollment which ends January 31. Pisgah Legal Services, and other ACA Partners of WNC, can help with free, unbiased, in-person assistance. Appointments can…