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.

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.