• Fighting Evictions On the Front Lines

    A new program to help people who are on the verge of homelessness positions Pisgah Legal staff and volunteer attorneys outside Buncombe County eviction court every day it's in session. Find out more in this Citizen-Times story.

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  • Save the Date!

    Celebrate with Us on April 11th!

    Mark your calendar now for our annual Jazz for Justice Celebration. Who will be there? Who's being honored? Find out more and get your ticket today!

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  • More than Ever Before

    Last year Pisgah Legal Services helped more people in WNC than ever before - more than 16,000 of those in need. Read more about how legal aid can change the lives of people on the verge of homelessness, those escaping domestic violence and many more.

    2018 Impact Report
  • Free help is available

    One in Five Families Has Unclaimed Money. Does Yours?

    The Earned Income Tax Credit can mean more money in your pocket. Have your family’s tax form prepared by trained volunteers certified by the IRS. Those making less than $54,000/year may quality. Make an appointment by calling 210-3785. Special thanks to Wells Fargo for supporting this program.

  • See for Yourself

    What Difference Does 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 Does Legal Aid Make?
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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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Our Impact on Western North Carolina

people from across the mountains helped by Pisgah Legal in 2018
million secured in quantifiable benefits for our clients in 2018
local attorneys volunteer their services to assist PLS clients
victims of domestic violence and their children helped in 2018

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

Volunteer Profile: Adriana, on a path to change the world

Meet Adriana, an 18 year-old volunteer at Pisgah Legal who goes to school full-time, works part-time and volunteers as an office helper at PLS and teen court attorney. “I want to be able to look back 5 or 10 years...


Evictions remain high in Buncombe County despite booming economy

Over 2000 evictions were filed last year- many for nonpayment of rent. Pisgah Legal created its Tenant Eviction Response Program (TERP) to help tenants navigate the complex eviction system. Two attorneys set up a table outside eviction court to assist...


Pisgah Legal and MAHEC Partnership Builds Healthier Community

Pisgah Legal Services is proud to partner with MAHEC to provide access to free legal aid in their medical facilities. This allows our attorneys direct contact with patients who are experiencing chronic illness due to homelessness, domestic violence, unsafe housing...