• In the citizen-times

    Struggling Dad Finds Help At Pisgah Legal Services

    Many area families are on the verge of homelessness. 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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  • January 23rd

    New Year, New Experiences

    Are you intrigued by the work done by Pisgah Legal Services? Join us for our next Justice Matters tour of our Asheville office and get a behind-the-scenes look at how we're fighting poverty and working for justice. Sign up today!

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  • It's Tax Time

    Do You Qualify to Get Money Back?

    The Earned Income Tax Program at Pisgah Legal provides FREE tax preparation by IRS-certified volunteers for qualifying families with a gross household income of $55,000 or less. The EITC allows more working people and their families to keep more of their hard-earned money, and we can help! Call 828-210-3785 to get screened or find out more.

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  • Challenge Met

    We Thank You!

    Thanks to your support, Pisgah Legal met our $150,000 Campaign for Justice WNC matching gift challenge. Together, we will continue the fight for justice as we move into the new year and new decade.

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  • save the date!

    Jazz for Justice on April 2nd

    Mark your calendar and make plans now to join us for our Jazz for Justice celebration April 2nd at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. Details to come!

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    Asheville Affordable Housing Guide

    Pisgah Legal Services is pleased to work with the City of Asheville to promote the need for and development of affordable housing. This new guide has just been released. Access it here or read about a new Community Land Trust that will create permanent affordable housing in our Winter Newsletter.

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  • important News

    NC Medicaid Managed Care On Hold

    The NC General Assembly has adjourned without providing the budget/authority for the planned transition to Medicaid managed care. Managed care will NOT go live on Feb. 1, 2020. If you have Medicaid, your benefits are still in place, and you may continue seeing your current providers without a disruption in service. Call us if you have questions, and learn more from Pisgah Legal COO Jackie Kiger in this BPR story.

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  • Medical-Legal Partnerships

    Did you know a Pisgah Legal attorney works on the MAHEC campus as part of a special medical-legal partnership to address patients' needs? Find out more by watching this WLOS story or read more here.

    WLOS Health Alert Medical-Legal Partnerships
  • 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.

    Details Here
  • 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?
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? 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 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

Apply for a Paid Internship with Pisgah Legal

Thanks to a grant from Z. Smith Reynolds, Pisgah Legal will host a paid internship for a college student in Asheville from late May 2020 –late July 2020. The Community Engagement and Intake Intern will work to assess barriers to...


FREE Tax Assistance is Available

If you or someone you know needs FREE tax assistance, there are a number of VITA certified (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) services available in multiple locations. This program offers free tax help to people who make $54,000 or less, persons...


MAHEC/PLS Partnership Provides Patients with More Than Healthcare

For many patients, their issues don’t end when they leave their doctor’s office. That is why Pisgah Legal has an attorney placed in MAHEC’s offices, so doctors can refer patients to get the help they need to improve their health...