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  • Save the Date!

    2020 Justice Forum on Oct. 1st

    Make plans to join us for our 10th Annual Justice Forum with special guest speaker Clint Smith. The event will be held online for the first time.

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  • An Important Message from Pisgah Legal Services

    Pisgah Legal Services is continuing to serve clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this time of uncertainty, people will have legal needs related to shelter, safety and economic security, and we are committed to meeting those needs. At the same time, we are taking steps to limit community spread and ensure the health and safety of our staff and visitors.

  • Need Health Insurance? We Can Help.

    Have you lost your job, and with it your health insurance? Need insurance because you've had a life change like getting married or having a child? Pisgah Legal can help you understand your options for ACA health insurance. Make an appointment today.

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  • Stand With Pisgah Legal

    Justice Can't Wait

    Want to assist local people are being impacted during the pandemic? Make a gift to Pisgah Legal today. How are we assisting folks in WNC? Find out more.

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  • Resources for You

    Pisgah Legal has compiled a list of resources to assist you during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Do you have questions about housing, evictions, debt, domestic violence or family law issues? Review these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) here and get the answers you need.

  • Facebook Live Events

    Pisgah Legal is hosting Facebook Live events to keep you informed of important information related to COVID-19, such as applying for unemployment benefits and health insurance. If you missed one of the live events, you can still watch it here.

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  • Pisgah Legal's 2019 Annual Report

    Together We Rise

    Learn more about the ways in which Pisgah Legal Services is changing lives here in WNC by providing free, civil legal aid to those who need us most.

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    Together We Rise

    Struggling Dad Finds Help At Pisgah Legal Services

    In this story, read how this father got the legal guidance and charitable support needed for him and his son to avoid eviction.

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  • What Difference Can Legal Aid Make?

    A lawyer's intervention can keep a family's difficult situation from spiraling into a tragedy. How?

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    What Difference Can Legal Aid Make?
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 2019
million secured in quantifiable benefits for our clients in 2019
local attorneys volunteer their services to assist PLS clients
victims of domestic violence and their children helped in 2019

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

Eviction Court Reopens; Future Looks Bleak Without Legislative Help

Pisgah Legal managing attorney, Robin Merrell, was quoted in a recent Asheville Citizen Times article on what upcoming months could look like for tenants facing eviction. If something doesn’t change, Merrell says there could be a homelessness crisis in Asheville....


PLS Summer Newsletter: Helping Meet Needs, Justice Forum Speaker, Jazz for Justice Honorees and more!

Our Summer Newsletter is packed with information on how Pisgah Legal is helping to meet the high demand for its services since the outbreak of COVID-19, an introduction to our 2020 Justice Forum keynote speaker, Clint Smith, our 2020 Jazz...


Supreme Court Upholds DACA Protections

On June 18, 2020 the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump Administration cannot immediately end protections under the DACA program. This is a major win for Dreamers in our community and throughout the country! Pisgah Legal’s Justice for All Project...