• Your Gift Matters!

    #Share Your Stimulus

    If you do not need the extra resources for your own financial stability, we encourage you to contribute to Pisgah Legal’s #ShareYourStimulus Campaign, an opportunity to take one step together to ensure everyone makes it through this crisis. Thank you!

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    #Share Your Stimulus
  • More Affordable Than Ever

    Need Health Insurance? Enroll Now!

    HealthCare.gov is open, you may be able to get more savings and lower costs due to COVID relief. Pisgah Legal is once again offering free assistance helping local people review their options and sign up. Make an appointment online or call 828-210-3404.

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    Need Health Insurance? Enroll Now!
  • Eviction Moratorium Remains In Place

    Despite a recent federal judge's ruling, the State of NC's ban on evicting some renters remains in effect until June 30. Learn more in this WLOS interview with Managing Attorney Robin Merrell. Renters must submit a form to take advantage of the moratorium - also linked below. Contact Pisgah Legal if you need help staying housed.

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    Eviction Moratorium Remains In Place
  • JOIN in the Fun!

    Run (or Walk!) for Justice 5K

    Be a part of the inaugural Pisgah Legal Run for Justice. Go at your own pace, dress up, involve friends, share selfies for this fundraiser that runs May 29 - June 12.

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    Run (or Walk!) for Justice 5K
  • Ready for Medicaid Managed Care?

    Important changes are coming to Medicaid in North Carolina. What are your rights? Where do you get help? Pisgah Legal has important info you should know.

    Learn more
  • In The Washington Post

    You can lose your kids, home and freedom without ever seeing a lawyer.

    Why is free, civil legal aid so important? Read this piece by the Editorial Board of The Washington Post. (Image: Fatinha Ramos for The Washington Post)

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    You can lose your kids, home and freedom without ever seeing a lawyer.
  • 2020 Annual Report

    Live in Hope, Fight for Justice

    How does Pisgah Legal serve people in the middle of a pandemic, and what difference can legal aid make for folks in crisis? Read personal stories of courage and learn more in the 2020 Annual Report.

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  • DACA Fully Reinstated

    On Dec. 4, a Federal judge ruled that the DACA program must be fully reinstated. Call Pisgah Legal to find out about qualifying for DACA, applying and renewing protections: 828-210-3437.

    How Can Pisgah Legal Help? Read About the Decision
  • please join us!

    Attend a Justice Matters Tour

    Be a part of the next virtual Justice Matters Tour of Pisgah Legal. We’ll examine the needs in our mountain region, discuss how civil legal aid can be an effective anti-poverty tool and share how Pisgah Legal is responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

    Sign Up Here
  • COVID Relief and Other Resources

    Find out more about unemployment insurance benefits, eviction/foreclosure moratoriums, food assistance and more.

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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 2020
million secured in quantifiable benefits for our clients in 2020
local attorneys volunteer their services to assist PLS clients
victims of domestic violence and their children helped in 2020

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

Spread the word: expanded Child Tax Credits can make a big difference!

Anne Salter, Pisgah Legal managing attorney, spoke with Asheville FM about recent tax benefits that can potentially put thousands of dollars in families pockets! Checks for $250-$300 per child will be sent to qualifying families starting July, if the IRS has their correct...


NC Eviction Moratorium In Place, Regardless of Federal Judge Ruling

North Carolina’s eviction moratorium still in place, regardless of a recent Federal Judge ruling. NC landlords cannot evict tenants for lack of payment until June 30, 2021, says Robin Merrell, Pisgah Legal managing attorney.   WLOS INTERVIEW WITH PLS MANAGING ATTORNEY...


Asheville Habitat for Humanity Documentary on Local History of Racial Discrimination and Housing

This Divided Land is a video produced by our friends at Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity (AAHH). They discovered a racial covenant in the deed of an AAHH property, and documented how they took steps to address it, with assistance from...