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  • Now Through Dec 15

    Free Help: Get Covered for 2021

    The ACA is still the law, and Pisgah Legal is again helping people across WNC understand their options and sign up for Affordable Care Act Health Insurance. Open Enrollment ends Dec. 15 - so don't delay!

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    Generous donors will match your donation dollar-for-dollar when you give to COVID - 19 urgent response efforts to help local people in crisis.

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  • Evictions During COVID-19

    Pisgah Legal Executive Director Jim Barrett speaks out on the eviction moratorium and the struggles local people still face to avoid homelessness during the pandemic.

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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.

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    Purchase beautiful holiday cards from Pisgah Legal that will brighten the days of your friends, family or clients and help local people in need.

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    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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    Pisgah Legal is pleased to again join in the Mountain Xpress Give Local! online giving campaign. Show your love, make a donation and your gift will be matched!

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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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    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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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 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

Answer Man Reaches Out to PLS About Rental Assistance

Asheville Citizen Times columnist, John Boyle, also known as “The Answer Man” reached out to Pisgah Legal’s executive director, Jim Barrett, in response to a reader’s question about rental assistance.  “Pisgah Legal continues to receive on average 1,000 calls each...


What You Need to Know About ACA Enrollment

If you missed our Facebook LIVE on What You Need to Know About ACA Open Enrollment, you can watch a quick video here. Pisgah Legal Health Justice Program Coordinator Dylan Simosko walks viewers through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Open...


Obamacare: Despite court challenge, COVID-19, ACA enrollment steady in WNC

The Affordable Care Act may be under review by the US Supreme Court, but it’s not stopping Western North Carolinians from signing up in droves. “Right now, the ACA is still the law, and open enrollment is happening,” said Pisgah Legal...