LANC-Gastonia Office

1508 S. York Road, Gastonia, NC 28052  MAP   
704-865-2357; 1-800-230-5812 (toll-free; for clients only)
FAX: 704-865-2359

Managing Attorney:  Sharon S. Dove

About us...

The legal staff of Legal Aid of North Carolina - Gastonia Office provides legal assistance in civil matters to eligible, low-income clients who have problems with their basic needs and live in: Cleveland County, Gaston County or Lincoln County.

Community Economic Development cases (cases where nonprofit groups who cannot afford a private attorney seek legal assistance with their charitable or educational activities) will be individually reviewed and accepted, if possible.



Pro bono Options

[Contact our PAI Coordinator at the LANC-Gastonia 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.

                                             more on LANC-Gastonia's Volunteer Lawyer Program
                                                                               more on "pro bono options"

Sign-up FORM for pro bono service (pdf document)


Local Advisory Council

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


In July 2002, Legal Aid of North Carolina opened its Gastonia office as the result of the consolidation of the four, federally funded (LSC-funded), legal services programs in North Carolina, including part of the staff of the Legal Services of Southern Piedmont (LSSP).

Free legal services for low-income persons has existed in the Gastonia area since 1979 when Legal Service of Southern Piedmont (Charlotte) expanded to Gaston Counties. Following increased restrictions on LSC-funded legal services programs in 1996, the legal services programs in North Carolina created the Legal Services Planning Council ("Planning Council") to coordinate a comprehensive, integrated, statewide system.  In 2001, the Planning Council adopted a plan to restructure NC legal services system, including the formation of "Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC)."

Legal Aid of North Carolina (and its Gastonia office) began full operation on July 1, 2002 as the statewide, LSC-funded, legal aid program in North Carolina, operating in all 100 counties through 24 geographically based offices.


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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