Expanding access to civil legal services in Wisconsin.



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.

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

Scam emails target IOLTA accounts

Legal professionals holding IOLTA accounts should beware of any email indicating that their IOLTA accounts have “insufficient funds.” The Wisconsin Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR) has received notice of an email scam that is targeted at lawyers and their IOLTA accounts. It''s likely that such messages are part of a broader phishing attack targeted to legal professionals and should be deleted or marked as spam upon receipt. more

Wisconsin lawyers should take action now to avoid ethical violations pertaining to credit card transactions in 2013

Changes in federal law regarding the reporting of credit card transactions have the potential to negatively impact the credit card trust accounts of Wisconsin lawyers and to potentially lead to ethical violations by lawyers. Pursuant to the Housing Assistance Tax Act of 2008, credit card processing companies are required to verify and match each merchant’s federal tax identification number and his/her legal name with those found on file with the IRS. more

Continued low interest rates could spell disaster for IOLTA

The U.S. Federal Reserve said Wednesday it will not raise interest rates until at least late 2014. Contingent on these interest rates, IOLTA (Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts) funds legal service organizations which provide invaluable services to low-income Wisconsinites dealing with disability claims, unfair landlords, benefits denials, and much more. more

Supreme Court denies "Civil Gideon" petition

From the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission blog dated January 19, 2012: Today, the Wisconsin Supreme Court voted unanimously to deny Petition 10-08. The petitioners were requesting a new court rule that would have required circuit court judges to appoint attorneys at public expense for low income litigants in certain types of civil court cases. more

Welcome to our newest Prime Partner - HOME SAVINGS BANK

Welcome to our newest Prime Partner - HOME SAVINGS BANK. Thank you for supporting access to justice in Wisconsin by paying higher rates on IOLTA accounts. Find a Prime Partner bank near you. more

Commission appoints work group for Wisconsin civil right to counsel project

The Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission has appointed a special working group to develop a formal proposal for a study that would evaluate the costs and benefits of providing counsel to low income individuals in some civil legal matters where basic human needs are at stake.  Initial members of the working group are Commission members Gregg Moore, Don Friske, John Ebbott, Deedee Rongstad and  Judge Margaret Vergeront as well as the Director of State Courts, John Voelker. more

NOW AVAILABLE - WisTAF 2012 Grant Application Materials

WisTAF's 2012 grant application materials for IOLTA Category I, IOLTA Category II, and PILSF funding (covering the period from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011) are now available. Completed applications (including the required additional reports and materials) must be submitted to WisTAF no later than Friday, August 5, 2011 by 5 p. more

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August 30, 2019
Finance Committee Teleconference
September 10, 2019
Grants & Evaluation Committee Meeting
September 27, 2019
Executive Committee Teleconference
October 11, 2019
Board of Directors Meeting
WisTAF is accepting 2019-20 DVSA Grant Applications
WisTAF Announces $1,222,750 in Grants to Agencies Assisting Low-Income Wisconsinites with Civil Legal Needs
WisTAF Has Moved!
WisTAF has begun accepting applications for 2019 Community Redevelopment Legal Assistance Grant Program
WisTAF has begun accepting applications for 2019 WisTAF Direct Legal Services Grant Program



A Prime Partner member of the Wisconsin IOLTA program since 2011, Citizens Bank strives to be the most admired community bank in the State of Wisconsin. Citizens 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.

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