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    ACA Open Enrollment Nov. 1 - Dec. 15

    Do you need help reviewing your options and signing up for 2020 Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance? Pisgah Legal offers free, one-on-one appointments with trained assisters. Call us at (828) 210-3404 or make an appointment online here.

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  • Need holiday cards?

    Celebrate the Season!

    Support the fight for justice by sending season’s greetings with a new Pisgah Legal holiday card featuring this gorgeous winter scene. A suggested donation of $10 per card includes your acknowledgement inside the card, printed mailing address on the envelope and a first-class stamp - or address and send the cards yourself. Contact Ally Wilson or 828-210-3444 with questions.

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  • November 15

    Justice Matters Tour

    Want to learn more about the work of Pisgah Legal Services? Join us for a tour of the Asheville office and hear from staff and attorneys about how we are fighting for justice for vulnerable people in WNC.

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  • Thank You for Your Support!

    More than 1,000 Attend Justice Forum

    Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist and Immigration Rights Activist Jose Antonio Vargas impressed and inspired at this year's Justice Forum. Who was there? What was said? Read all about it.

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    Big Changes Coming to Medicaid

    Approximately 1.6 million Medicaid beneficiaries in N.C. will transition to Medicaid Managed Care in the months to come. One in five in the state are currently on Medicaid, mostly children and people with disabilities. Read more from Carolina Public Press or watch PLS COO Jackie Kiger discuss on WLOS.

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  • Great News!

    Pisgah Legal Opens New Office

    A new office in Spruce Pine will allow folks in Mitchell and Yancey counties to get the free legal help they need.

    Details here
  • 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 just outside Buncombe County eviction court. Find out more in this Citizen-Times story or listen to WUNC's The State of Things Podcast.

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  • 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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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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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? Call (828)253-0406 or toll-free at (800)489-6144


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

Sexual Assault Laws Passed in NC Legislature

A wide-ranging legislative package reforming sexual assault laws passed both chambers of the NC General Assembly unanimously today, with two elements closing decades-old legal loopholes on the definition of rape that set North Carolina apart. Pisgah Legal and community partners...


PLS Immigration Director Speaks to NPR about DACA

Shosahnna Fried, PLS Director of the Justice for All program, spoke on NPR about the upcoming arguments in front of the Supreme Court concerning the fate of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Listen to the full story


PLS Managing Attorney Voices Need for Additional Funding for Domestic Violence Victims

Last week, the General Assembly passed funding for the state’s recent laws to Raise the Age and for victim’s of domestic abuse, but Buncombe County was not among the counties to receive this additional funding. Pisgah Legal’s Managing Attorney Julia...