Sign Up for Pisgah Legal Services’ Batched Pro Bono Will Program

Sign up to accept 2-3 will cases when it works for you!

Through Pisgah Legal Services’ Batched Wills Program volunteer attorneys sign up to receive 2-3 pro bono will referrals in a particular month of the year. We send you the cases at the beginning of the month and you contact the client at your convenience within that month. You can let us know if you’d prefer to get 2 or 3 cases in the month you sign up for. We will not send any urgent/emergency cases through this program. By signing up for our Batched Wills Program, you help low-income homeowners and increase the efficiency and impact of Pisgah Legal’s pro bono programs.

Please sign up for any months when you are available to receive 2-3 pro bono wills here. If you have requests or comments, please feel free to add those when you sign up. Contact Pro Bono Coordinator Kristianna Gasparjan – with questions.

Free Incompetency and Guardianship 101 CLE

Pisgah Legal Services receives more requests from low-income clients for assistance with adult guardianship matters than we can refer to our current pro bono attorneys.

Typical scenarios include:

  • A parent seeks guardianship of an adult disabled child.
  • A spouse seeks guardianship of their partner who has lost the ability to make or carry out decisions about finances, health care, etc.
  • An adult child seeks guardianship of their parent who is no longer mentally competent.

Pisgah Legal is recruiting volunteer attorneys to receive free training to assist in these matters. Join us for a free CLE on Friday, May 5th, 9am – 12noon at Pisgah Legal Services’ Asheville office, 62 Charlotte Street. We hope you will join us in person, but will also offer a Zoom attendance option. (2 hours of CLE credit, pending NC Bar approval) We will host an optional networking lunch following the CLE.

Attorney Jason Gast will present information about the goals and process of adult guardianship cases, including steps to take prior to filing, drafting and filing the petition, service, and the hearing. He will cover guardianship of the person vs. general guardian, guardians of the estate, when a Power of Attorney is more appropriate, and the role of the guardian ad litem.

This training will be free to attorneys who agree to take two pro bono referrals from Pisgah Legal Services within a year (pro bono referrrals of any type, not only guardianship referrals). Other attorneys are welcome to attend for a fee of $50. Register here.

For more information, please contact PLS Pro Bono Program Director Max Gibbons, JD.

If you already handle adult guardianship cases in your practice and would like to assist Pisgah Legal Servies’ clients on a pro bono basis, please email Max Gibbons.

Nominate a Paralegal for the 2023 Exemplary Pro Bono Paralegal Award

The Buncombe County Bar seeks to honor a local paralegal or legal assistant who has made exemplary contributions to support pro bono legal work for low-income people in Western North Carolina. The Pro Bono Committee of the Bar will present the 2023 Exemplary Pro Bono Paralegal Award at its annual pro bono celebration on May 10th, 12:30pm at the Asheville Social Hall.

To nominate a paralegal or legal assistant for this award, please submit this form by Wednesday, March 29th. Contact Katie Russell Miller, Co-Chair of the Pro Bono Committee at with questions.

Harold E. Kaplan, Volunteers For NC Mock Trial Regionals

Harold E. Kaplan, principal of Kaplan Arbitration located in Fairview, NC, which focuses exclusively on nationwide arbitration of health care and contract disputes and arbitration case consultation, recently served as a scoring juror for the 2023 North Carolina Mock Trial Program’s regionals held in Hendersonville, NC. He also continues to be a volunteer attorney for Pisgah Legal Services in Asheville, N.C.