LANC-Sylva Office

1286 West Main Street, Sylva, NC 28779    MAP
[Mailing address:  P.O. Box 426, Sylva, NC 28779]
828-586-8931; 1-800-458-6817 (toll-free; for clients only)
FAX: 828-586-4082                                                         About Sylva, NC
 Also see:

Hayesville Office
  Sister Loretto John Meehan Community Services Center    MAP
  Hwy. 64 - Business, P.O. Box 633, Hayesville, NC 28904
  828-389-2399; FAX: 828-389-2466

About us...

The staff of Legal Aid of North Carolina - Sylva Office provides legal assistance in civil matters (non-criminal matters) to eligible, low-income clients who have problems with their basic needs and live in the seven-county area surrounding Sylva, NC: Cherokee County, Clay County, Graham County, Haywood County, Jackson County, Macon County or Swain County.

Pro bono Options

[Contact our PAI Coordinator at the LANC-Sylva Office]

Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) actively recruits, trains, mentors, and co-counsels with volunteer (pro bono) attorneys to help them handle the many complex and changing legal issues unique to the practice of civil poverty law. Our PAI ("Private Attorney Involvement") Program helps to ensure access to justice for low-income families and further leverages the dollars that are invested in LANC.  Typically, volunteer (pro bono) attorneys are needed either for their special expertise and/or to help us with our large case load.
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Local Advisory Council

The Local Advisory Council is comprised of volunteers who live in the communities served by the LANC-Sylva Office and who are dedicated to ensuring equal access to justice.


The Legal Aid of North Carolina - Sylva Office, as it exists today, is an outgrowth of a program that was originally conceived to serve the Eastern Cherokee Indian Reservation and known as "Eastern Cherokee Legal Services Organization." Prior to October 1976, it was funded by private donations, and civil and criminal representation was provided by employees of the program to residents of the Eastern Cherokee Indian Reservations.

As Congress began appropriating funds for the provision of legal services to the poor to the national Legal Services Corporation (which was originally a part of the Office of Economic Opportunity, but in 1974 was made an independent corporation), Eastern Cherokee Legal Services Organization was expanded in order to cover a seven county service area and renamed "Western North Carolina Legal Services" (WNCLS). WNCLS was incorporated on January 24, 1979.  In October 1979, WNCLS entered into an agreement with Legal Services of North Carolina (LSNC) to provide civil legal assistance to low-income persons throughout the seven westernmost counties of North Carolina.

WNCLS maintained its independent corporate status and received funding from LSNC until December 31, 1998, at which time, WNCLS dissolved its corporate status and became a program of Legal Services of North Carolina. On July 1, 2002, LSNC consolidated with other independent programs to form "Legal Aid of North Carolina," which now serves eligible, low-income clients in all 100 counties of North Carolina.  The WNCLS program was renamed "Legal Aid of North Carolina - Sylva Office."


The materials contained on this website are for information and educational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice.  Also please note that Legal Aid of North Carolina does not provide legal assistance by E-mail. Contact your Legal Aid of North Carolina office or a private attorney if you need to speak to an attorney regarding your particular situation.
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Mission Statement

Legal Aid of North Carolina is a statewide, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people in order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove legal barriers to economic opportunity.


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