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.

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

DOJ Access to Justice Initiative Launches New Webpage Highlighting Funding Opportunities for Civil Legal Aid Programs and Others

The U.S. Dept. of Justice Web site now includes a “Grant Information” resource page that may be of interest to you. According to the Web site, the purpose of the page is “to identify open grants, training and technical assistance that may be of particular interest to defender agencies, courts, state, local and tribal jurisdictions, research and academic institutions, and non-profit organizations that are working to enhance legal assistance and related services for historically underserved populations. more

President Obama Signs Law Providing Full FDIC Protection for Lawyer Trust Accounts

Washington, D.C. - On December 29, President Obama signed into law H.R. 6398, a bill which continues full FDIC protection for Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA). In addition, the FDIC posted information on its Web site regarding the passage of the legislation by Congress and indicated that:   "The FDIC will issue guidance to all insured depository institutions providing information on Congress's action to include IOLTAs in the definition of noninterest-bearing transaction accounts. more

H.R. 6398 Continuing Full FDIC Protection for Lawyer Trust Accounts Now On Its Way to Becoming Law

Washington, D.C. - On December 22, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 6398, a bill which continues full FDIC protection for Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA). Since 2008, lawyer trust accounts have had unlimited coverage by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. This protection would otherwise have expired after Dec. more

Amended Supreme Court Rule Affects Insurance Requirements for Trust Accounts at Credit Unions

Lawyers must now hold funds in IOLTA accounts where each owner’s funds are eligible for the financial institution’s insurance coverage. The changes to Wisconsin Supreme Court Rule 20:1.15(e)(2) Insurance and safety requirements go into effect January 1, 2011. What does this mean for lawyers? more

The Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation, Inc. Awards Nearly $3.7 Million to Support Civil Legal Services in Wisconsin Funds Support Law-related Programs Throughout Wisconsin

Madison. October 21, 2010 – The Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation, Inc. (WisTAF) announced grant awards totaling nearly $3.7 million to agencies providing civil legal services for Wisconsin’s poor and underserved. 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

FDIC Adopts Final Rule Extending TAG Program Through December 31, 2010

June 22, 2010 - The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) adopted a final rule extending the Transaction Account Guarantee (TAG) program for six months, from July 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010. Under the TAG program, customers of participating insured depository institutions are provided full coverage on qualifying transaction accounts. 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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Rebecca Murray, Executive Director
Tehmina Islam, IOLTA Program/Office Manager
Carlos Arenas, Program Manager

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