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.

Legal Services Corporation confident in Congressional bipartisan support despite Trump administration's budget proposal

WASHINGTON – President Trump’s budget proposal released today calls for defunding the Legal Services Corporation, but LSC leaders expressed confidence that Congress would continue to support the vital mission of the nation''s single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income people. More more


ABA releases statement expressing outrage at Trump administration budget proposal to defund LSC

WASHINGTON, March, 16, 2017 - The American Bar Association is outraged that the administration  proposes to eliminate funding for the Legal Services Corporation in its budget and calls on every member of Congress to restore full funding. LSC provides civil legal aid to people who desperately need help to navigate the legal process. more


Federal Open Market Committee decides to raise the target range for the federal funds rate to 3/4 to 1 percent.

Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in February indicates that the labor market has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has continued to expand at a moderate pace. Job gains remained solid and the unemployment rate was little changed in recent months. Household spending has continued to rise moderately while business fixed investment appears to have firmed somewhat. more


WisTAF 2016 Direct Legal Service Grantee Annual Report Materials Now Available

WisTAF 2016 Grantee Direct Legal Services Annual Report Materials are now available online. Completed reports are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 7th. 2016 direct legal services (PILSF, Pro Hac Vice) grantees should access the required reporting forms by logging in using the "Login" link at the upper right corner of this page. more


Federal Open Market Committee raises federal funds rate target range

The Federal Reserve Board of Governors released a statement Wednesday indicating that the Federal Open Market Committee decided to raise the target range for the federal funds rate to 1/2 (0.5) to 3/4 (0.75) percent. "Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. more


Supreme Court re-creates trust account rule expanding the use of electronic transactions in trust and fiduciary accounts

Supreme Court re-creates trust account rule; amends related rules: On April 4, 2016, the Wisconsin Supreme Court repealed and re-created SCR 20:1.15—Safekeeping property; trust accounts and fiduciary accounts, and amended SCR 20:1.0, SCR 20:1.5 and SCR 22.39, effective July 1, 2016. Order, Petition No. more


New source of funds for civil legal aid approved by Supreme Court

On April 13, 2016 the Wisconsin Supreme Court voted unanimously to adopt a change proposed by the Access to Justice Commission that will result in a new source of funds for civil legal aid to the indigent in Wisconsin. The court acted following a public hearing on Petition 15-06, which was filed by the Access to Justice Commission. more


Petition for E-Banking rules filed: Facilitating electronic banking in lawyer trust accounts and fiduciary accounts

On December 17, 2014, the Wisconsin Office of Lawyer Regulation filed a petition seeking the amendment of several Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules to facilitate electronic banking in lawyer trust accounts and fiduciary accounts. The Petition, which follows over two years of work by the Committee on E-Banking, includes a proposed re-creation of the trust account rule (SCR 20:1. more


Credit Union Share Insurance now covers IOLTAs

Credit Union Share Insurance now covers IOLTAs: On December 18, 2014, President Obama signed the Credit Union Share Insurance Fund Parity Act, which provides insurance coverage, comparable to FDIC insurance coverage, for funds held in IOLTA accounts at federally insured credit unions.   More information more


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UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS
WHAT'S NEW
Newly released study shows US falls short in its pledge of allegiance promise of "liberty and justice for all."
Legal Services Corporation confident in Congressional bipartisan support despite Trump administration's budget proposal
ABA releases statement expressing outrage at Trump administration budget proposal to defund LSC
Federal Open Market Committee decides to raise the target range for the federal funds rate to 3/4 to 1 percent.
WisTAF 2016 Direct Legal Service Grantee Annual Report Materials Now Available

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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
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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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