Free CLE for Pro Bono Attorneys- Attorney, Legal Assistant & Notary Volunteers Needed

Pisgah Legal Services is recruiting volunteer attorneys to assist low-income homeowners with wills and to advise them on avoiding losing their home/home equity to fraud. We also need volunteer legal assistants/paralegals and notaries across our region.

This project is a response to the AVL Watchdog’s award-winning series Equity Erased (Part 1 of the Series: Real Estate Deals Strip Elderly, Poor of Homes, Land & Inheritance), which highlighted ways in which WNC homeowners have lost their homes to fraud and unethical deals.

PLS will provide training and document templates to volunteers who will assist low-income homeowners across Western North Carolina. Volunteers can assist clients remotely via phone or Zoom, and Pisgah Legal will provide assistance with document execution, including notaries and witnesses.

Sign up for a Free CLE: Wills, Advance Directives & Homeownership Preservation Advice on Thursday, January 26th, 12noon – 2pm. At this CLE, Pisgah Legal Services’ staff attorneys, and Kathleen Rodberg, McGuire, Wood & Bissette and Eleanor Powers, emeritus attorney, will provide an overview of estate planning for low-income homeowners; share document templates and prepare volunteers to use these to do simple wills, Durable Powers of Attorney and Health Care Powers of Attorney; and prepare attorneys to advise homeowners about avoiding fraud and preserving homeownership for themselves and their heirs. (CLE approval pending from NC Bar.) Questions? Contact Katie Russell Miller at Pisgah Legal – Katierm@pisgahlegal.org.

Attorneys, Legal Assistants, Paralegals & Notaries: Sign Up Here to Volunteer

Register for Free CLE Here.

About Evie White

Pisgah Legal Services is an innovative nonprofit law firm founded in 1978 that: provides free civil legal aid to people who live in poverty; helps more than 15,000 of the most vulnerable people in our communities annually to meet urgent needs such as: housing, safety from abuse, health care and income; partners with dozens of other agencies to make sustainable change for people in crisis; coordinates the services of more than 300 pro bono attorneys in WNC; improves systems and policies that impact the lives of thousands of low-income people.