Pisgah Legal Services provides free legal help in non-criminal matters to people who cannot afford a private attorney.
To apply for services, please call our office or click below:
Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
(828) 253-0406 or toll free 1-800-489-6144
Do you need money for rental assistance? If you were affected by COVID-19, please apply for available rental assistance and avoid possible eviction for non-payment of rent! Click the button below for information in English and Spanish.
Para información en Español, aprete aquí.
If you are homebound, or have a court date that needs action at once, please tell the receptionist when you call. If you are asked to come in for an appointment, please bring all papers related to your case.
If you are seeking assistance from Pisgah Legal Services, we ask that you make sure you have your voicemail set up on your phone and make sure there is enough space on your voicemail to receive messages so we can leave a message.
If you have filled out an application and are expecting a call from Pisgah Legal Services, please look for calls from unknown/private numbers. Many of our Pisgah Legal’s screeners and attorneys are volunteers and are calling from their personal numbers, so the ID may not say “Pisgah Legal Services” when they are calling to discuss your case.
Pisgah Legal does not charge for our services and will not ask for bank account information or money payments over the phone. If you receive a phone call from someone saying they are from PLS and asking for your financial information to process a payment this is a scam and DO NOT PROVIDE them with any information.
Pisgah Legal Services is committed to equal justice for all people. Pisgah Legal Services does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, immigration status, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Concerns about discrimination should be brought to the attention of the Executive Director.
Our programs include:
- Children’s Law
- Community Economic Development
- Consumer Law
- Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention
- Elder Law
- Homelessness Prevention
- Health Justice (ACA)
- Income Security
- Justice for All (Assisting Immigrants)
- Low Income Taxpayer Clinic
- Medical/Legal Partnerships
- Veterans Law
- WNC Health and Economic Opportunity Program
To qualify for help from PLS, you must:
1. Meet our low-income guidelines. We determine if you qualify by looking at income, family size, assets, and living expenses.
2. Have a problem that affects your basic needs.
PLS primarily helps people in Buncombe, Avery, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Transylvania,and Yancey counties. We provide limited immigration services in other Western North Carolina counties.
Because we have limited funds to serve more than 100,000 eligible people in 11 counties, we cannot take every case. We try to help those with the greatest need and give priority to some types of legal problems (see above).
What types of cases does PLS NOT handle?
- PLS does not handle criminal cases.
- We do not usually handle cases where a private attorney could receive a fee as part of money awarded by a court or agency.
- We do not usually handle personal injury cases, bankruptcies, property transactions, or traffic accident cases.
Do you need help signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Healthcare.gov ?
Find out how, or call us at 828-210-3404.