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.

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


New FDIC rule extends insurance coverage on IOLTA accounts until at least December 31, 2010

On April 13, 2010, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) approved interim rules extending the Transaction Account Guarantee (TAG) Program to December 31, 2010. The rule provides for unlimited insurance for non-interest bearing transaction accounts (including IOLTA and functionally equivalent accounts), regardless of dollar amount, held in participating financial institutions. The rule also allows for the FDIC to extend the program through December 31, 2011 if the FDIC determines that economic conditions warrant such an extension. more


Now available - List of IOLTA Participating Financial Institutions and Prime Partners

The Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation, Inc. (WisTAF) works closely with financial institutions to verify their status as "IOLTA participating financial institutions" in the Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Program and assist in aligning with the rule governing IOLTA accounts. more


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UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS
February 15, 2019
Executive Committee Teleconference
March 1, 2019
Board of Directors Meeting
May 10, 2019
Grants & Evaluation Committee Meeting
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
WHAT'S NEW
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
Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation, Inc. Announces New Community Redevelopment Grant Funding Opportunity

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PRIME PARTNER SPOTLIGHT

A Prime Partner member of the Wisconsin IOLTA program since 2017, Farmers & Merchants Bank - Tomah, strives to be the most admired community bank in the State of Wisconsin. Farmers & Merchants Bank - Tomah 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
4600 American Parkway, Suite 104, Madison, WI 53718
Phone: 608.257.6845 or 877.749.5045 (toll-free)
Email: service@wistaf.org

Board & Staff
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Board of Directors
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Rebecca Murray, Executive Director
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Tehmina Islam, Office Manager
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Carlos Arenas, Program Manager
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