Expanding access to civil legal services in Wisconsin.

WisTAF

OUR MISSION

The Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation Inc. (WisTAF) is dedicated to equal access to the civil justice system, funding legal services for low-income persons through the fair and effective administration of Interest On Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA), Public Interest Legal Services Fund (PILSF), and other sources.

What is IOLTA?

IOLTA is the acronym for Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts. It is a program which assists in providing civil legal services to those who could not otherwise afford help from an attorney.

Over the last 23 years, WisTAF has granted more than $33 million to agencies that provide civil legal services to Wisconsin’s low income population. From Superior to Milwaukee, funds generated via the Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program have enabled legal service providers to help meet the increasing needs of low income families in the areas of housing, medical care, employment, and domestic abuse, among others. This feat was made possible through the dedicated partnership between Wisconsin’s bankers and lawyers.

The commitment of financial institutions to the communities they serve is reflected in their participation in the IOLTA program. In addition to paying competitive interest rates on lawyers’ trust accounts, many financial institutions have chosen to waive fees on IOLTA accounts, resulting in a direct increase in the dollars available to help fund legal services.

Chapter 13 of the Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules (Interest on Trust Accounts Program and Public Interest Legal Services Fund) and the Wisconsin Supreme Court Rule 20:1.15 pertain to the operation of the Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation. Both rules can be found on the Wisconsin Supreme Court website. 

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PRIME PARTNER SPOTLIGHT

A Prime Partner member of the Wisconsin IOLTA program since 2010, Mound City Bank strives to be the most admired community bank in the State of Wisconsin. Mound City Bank goes above and beyond IOLTA participation requirements by paying additional interest on its clients' IOLTA accounts - helping to expand access to civil legal services in Wisconsin.


Contact us
WisTAF
825 Williamson Street, Suite A, Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608.257.6845 or 877.749.5045 (toll-free)
Fax: 608.257.2684
Email: service@wistaf.org

Board & Staff
WisTAF
Board of Directors
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De Ette Tomlinson, Executive Director
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Rebecca Murray, Program Manager
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Tehmina Islam, Program Assistant

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