• Please join us!

    Justice Forum Oct. 11th

    Tickets available now! Don't miss this year's Justice Forum featuring Dr. Jamila Michener.

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  • Afghan Asylum Project

    A Race Against Time

    Asylum is the only path to lawful permanent status for many Afghan evacuees, and they must apply within one year of arriving in the U.S. Read about dozens of clients who fled the Taliban, came to WNC and need Pisgah Legal to continue to stay in the U.S.

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  • Free Help Filing Taxes

    Claim Your Refund! It's Worth It.

    Pisgah Legal Services offers free, simple tax filing help to WNC households with incomes less than $58,000/ year. Families with minor children who do not regularly file taxes may be eligible for thousands of dollars.

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  • North Carolinians Suffer Needlessly

    Why should Medicaid by expanded in North Carolina? Read about Chett, a Pisgah Legal client who battles MS, and this op-ed by Pisgah Legal Executive Director Jim Barrett published early this year.

    Chett's Story Citizen-Times Op-Ed
  • 2021 Annual Report

    Here for Justice

    Learn about the challenges and successes of 2021 in Pisgah Legal's most recent Annual Report. Read stories of our clients' struggles, caring donors' impact and ways you never knew Pisgah Legal is fighting poverty and increasing access to justice in the mountains.

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  • We Are Hiring!

    Have a passion for social justice? Want to work for a dynamic and fast-paced nonprofit? Check out these job opportunities at Pisgah Legal Services.

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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 2021
million secured in quantifiable benefits for our clients in 2021
local attorneys volunteer their services to assist PLS clients
survivors of domestic violence and their children helped in 2021

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

PLS Fall Newsletter 2022

Our Fall newsletter is here! Inside you’ll find: a story that illustrates the critical need for Medicaid expansion in North Carolina, details on the 12th Annual Justice Forum in October, upcoming tax clinics and more! If you would like a physical copy...


PLS Attorney David Bartholomew discusses affordable housing with WLOS

“The need has probably never been higher here,” said David Bartholomew. PLS Attorney David Bartholomew was recently featured in a WLOS news segment addressing the need for affordable housing as Buncombe County leaders seek federal funds that can be used...


Pisgah Legal’s new program, new office appears in Smoky Mountain News

Thanks to Smoky Mountain News for spreading the word about Pisgah Legal’s new program! The WNC Health and Economic Opportunity Program (HEOP) helps working families in 18 WNC counties enroll in affordable, quality health insurance and access up to thousands...