• Free Help Filing Taxes

    Claim Your Refund! It's Worth It.

    Pisgah Legal Services offers free, simple tax filing help to WNC households with incomes less than $58,000/ year. Families with minor children who do not regularly file taxes may be eligible for thousands of dollars.

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  • Save the Date!

    Justice Forum Oct. 11th

    Make plans now to join us on Tuesday, October 11th for this year's Justice Forum featuring Dr. Jamila Michener.

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  • Medicaid Expansion: The Time is Now!

    Read this op-ed by Pisgah Legal Executive Director Jim Barrett published in the Asheville Citizen-Times about the crucial need to expand Medicaid in North Carolina.

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  • 2021 Annual Report

    Here for Justice

    Learn about the challenges and successes of 2021 in Pisgah Legal's most recent Annual Report. Read stories of our clients' struggles, caring donors' impact and ways you never knew Pisgah Legal is fighting poverty and increasing access to justice in the mountains.

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  • Evictions On the Rise

    Evictions for local families and individuals are back to pre-pandemic levels with fears they will continue to increase with the rise with inflation, lack of affordable housing and increases in rent. WLOS recently interviewed PLS Housing Attorney David Bartholomew about these concerns.

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  • We Are Hiring!

    Have a passion for social justice? Want to work for a dynamic and fast-paced nonprofit? Check out these job opportunities at Pisgah Legal Services.

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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 2021
million secured in quantifiable benefits for our clients in 2021
local attorneys volunteer their services to assist PLS clients
survivors of domestic violence and their children helped in 2021

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

Pisgah Legal’s new program, new office appears in Smoky Mountain News

Thanks to Smoky Mountain News for spreading the word about Pisgah Legal’s new program! The WNC Health and Economic Opportunity Program (HEOP) helps working families in 18 WNC counties enroll in affordable, quality health insurance and access up to thousands...


Spotlight Carolina highlights new Pisgah Legal program

Have you heard about Pisgah Legal’s new program? The WNC Health and Economic Opportunity Program (HEOP) helps local families access thousands of dollars in flexible cash benefits! Find out how we do this work on a special WLOS Spotlight Carolina...

PLS COO Jackie Kiger at WLOS

“Life-changing”: PLS COO Jackie Kiger discusses new program with WLOS

A new program is providing thousands of dollars in flexible cash benefits to families in WNC. Find out more in this WLOS interview with Pisgah Legal COO Jackie Kiger or read on… The recently launched WNC Health and Opportunity Program...