Preserving Homeownership CLE

Free CLE for Volunteer Attorneys Exploring Various Legal Tools & Strategies for Preserving Homeownership in Low-Wealth Families. Fee of $75 for non-volunteer attorneys.

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About this event

Schemes to obtain real property at below market value from unsuspecting/uninformed owners have been in the forefront of recent news in our community. Pisgah Legal Services and the Buncombe County Bar’s Pro Bono Committee is planning a half-day CLE to address the legal issues related to this topic to inform lawyers how to better protect their clients. Topics will include partition sales, ethics, heir property matters, and estate planning for people of limited means but who own real property.

This CLE is free to attorneys who agree to take two pro bono referrals from Pisgah Legal Services within one year of the training. Referrals do not have to be in the areas of law covered in the CLE. Other attorneys are welcome to attend for a fee of $75. Optional networking lunch following the training – $15/person (lunch fee applies to volunteers and non-volunteers).


Heather Goldstein is a principal at The Van Winkle Law Firm, focusing on incapacity planning, client advocacy and litigation in a wide variety of situations where an elderly person is vulnerable to exploitation.

Tikkun Gottshalk is a partner in the Asheville law firm of Deutsch & Gottschalk, PA. Tikkun handles a variety of matters for the firm, most of which relate to real estate transactions or disputes, such as partitions, LLC dissolutions, foreclosures, and HOA matters.

Annette Hiatt is a Senior Staff Attorney with the Land Loss Prevention Project (LLPP). She works across LLPP’s practice areas on matters such as heir property stabilization, farm business and succession planning, foreclosure prevention, and various aspects of real property law.

Sally Kestin is a reporter for the Asheville Watchdog. Former investigative reporter at The Sarasota Herald-Tribune, The Tampa Tribune and The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and recipient of numerous national journalism awards, including the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. She was a 2006 Pulitzer Prize finalist in investigative reporting.


8:15am – 8:30am – Registration

8:30am – 8:45am – Welcome & Introductions

8:45am – 9:15am – Stories of Local Homeowners, Sally Kestin

9:15am – 10:15am – Estate Planning Considerations, Heather Goldstein

10:15am – 10:30am – Break

10:30am – 11:30am – Partitions, Tikkun Gottschalk

11:30am – 12:30am – Exploring Heir Property Options, Annette Hiatt

12:30pm – 1:30pm – Optional Lunch ($15/person)

Approval of 3 hours of CLE credit pending with NC Bar.

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.