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    Funding Cuts Threaten Services

    Pisgah Legal is experiencing severe cuts to federal funding for its programs that stop domestic and sexual violence and child abuse. Without replacement funds, we fear we will have to reduce services for local survivors in the coming year. Find out more in these news stories below, and please support this life-saving work!

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    It's Tax Season!

    Pisgah Legal is pleased to offer free tax filing assistance to WNC households earning less than $60,000/year. Click below to learn more.

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    Medicaid Expansion Underway

    Pisgah Legal Services is helping people in WNC understand if they qualify for Medicaid, if they may sign up for Healthcare.gov health insurance, or if they are in need of legal resources. To make an appointment use the link below or call 828-210-3404.

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  • Child Poverty Rate Doubles

    The poverty rate has surged as pandemic protections and child tax credits were ended. Pisgah Legal works with families who struggle to make ends meet and children who are in crisis every day. We need your support to continue to serve them.

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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? 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 2022
million secured in quantifiable benefits for our clients in 2022
local attorneys volunteer their services to assist PLS clients
survivors of domestic violence and their children helped in 2022

We are Pisgah Legal Services

Pat & Phil Smith

Pat and Phil are Co-Chairs of the PLS Endowment Campaign. Phil is a retired 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 20 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

Jackie Kiger, Pisgah Legal’s Chief Operations Officer, shares insights on Medicaid expansion in the Mountain Xpress

PLS COO Jackie Kiger recently appeared in the Mountain Xpress sharing insights on Medicaid expansion. “Dec. 1 was a huge, important day for the state of North Carolina and for so many people that have been waiting for Medicaid. Here...


Impact Report 2023

Want to see the impact of your support? The 2023 Impact Report shows the results of Pisgah Legal’s work to provide free civil legal aid, anti-poverty advocacy and access to health care to people with low incomes across our region....


PLS Winter Newsletter 2023

Our Winter newsletter is here! Inside you’ll find: powerful stories of impact and a reflection on 40 years at PLS by Executive Director Jim Barrett. If you would like a physical copy of the newsletter and did not receive one,...