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.

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

Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission Hosts Public Forums in Green Bay and Eau Claire

July 2012 - Community members and advocates attended the first regional access to justice hearings convened by the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission. Green Bay and Eau Claire are the first communities to host public forums creating an opportunity to share experiences in responding to the overwhelming civil legal needs facing low-income area residents. more

WisTAF 2015 Grant Application Materials Available July 8th

WisTAF''s 2015 grant application materials (for funding covering the period from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015) will be available on July 8, 2014. Completed applications (including the required supplemental reports and materials) must be submitted to WisTAF no later than Wednesday, August 6, 2014 by 5 p. more

Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission Releases First Video

Equal justice for all is something that each and every Wisconsin resident deserves. In an effort to spark discussion and action on this important topic, the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission has released a short video. More more

AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships Offer Opportunities for Legal Service Providers

"Equal Justice Works is seeking highly organized legal aid organizations and organizations with strong legal services programs that have established ties to community organizations serving low-income veterans to apply to host AmeriCorps Legal Fellows in the 2012-2013 program year." More more

Fiscal year 2013 budget requests sent to Congress

Washington, DC—The White House today recommended $402 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) in Fiscal Year 2013, an increase of $54 million from current funding. more more

Impact of LSC funding cuts will be significant throughout the country

The impact of 2011 LSC funding cuts will be significant in Wisconsin and throughout the country according to recent survey of civil legal aid providers. More  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

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July 22, 2019
Stakeholder Listening Session
August 19, 2019
Grantee Listening Session
August 30, 2019
Finance Committee Teleconference
September 10, 2019
Grants & Evaluation Committee Meeting
September 17, 2019
Board Strategic Planning Meeting
September 27, 2019
Executive Committee Teleconference
October 11, 2019
Board of Directors Meeting
WisTAF is accepting 2020 Direct Legal Services Grant Applications
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



A Prime Partner member of the Wisconsin IOLTA program since 2010, First Bank Financial Centre strives to be the most admired community bank in the State of Wisconsin. First Bank Financial Centre 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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