The Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation works with civil legal aid organizations in Wisconsin to increase access to justice. We oversee funds and invest in services and projects to help people resolve legal problems.

Community Redevelopment Grant Program Description Now Available

The Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation, Inc. (WisTAF) is pleased to announce that it will begin seeking applications for a second round of proposals to be funded by a distribution resulting from a national settlement between Bank of America and the U.S. Department of Justice. Distributions from the settlement provide funds to Interest On Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) organizations (or other statewide bar association affiliated intermediaries) to be used “for the sole purpose of providing funds to legal aid organizations in the state of Wisconsin to be used for foreclosure prevention legal assistance and community redevelopment legal assistance. more

WisTAF Announces New Executive Director

Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation Announces New Executive Director MADISON, Wisconsin – The Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation board of directors is pleased to announce that Rebecca Murray has been named WisTAF’s new executive director. Murray, an experienced nonprofit professional, began her career with WisTAF in 2008 – serving in the roles of program manager, assistant director and, most recently, acting executive director. more

Access to Justice is a Nonpartisan Issue ... Unless You Live in Wisconsin

June 6, 2013 - When the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission meets on Friday it will be bittersweet due to the refusal by state legislators to take action that would remove Wisconsin from the list of only four states that provide no state funding to support civil legal services to the indigent. (From the Wisconsin Access to Justice Web site) More   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

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

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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WisTAF has posted materials for the 2021 Direct Legal Services and Pandemic Response Grant Application
WisTAF has posted materials for the 2019-20 DVSA Annual Report
WisTAF welcomes Bank of Sun Prairie as “Prime Partner” in supporting justice for all
Now Available: WisTAF’s 2020-21 Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse Legal Services State Appropriation Grant Application Materials
WisTAF Invests in Services and Projects to Help People Resolve Their Legal Problems



As a Prime Partner since 2011, Farmers State 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. Farmers State Bank's participation reflects an admirable commitment to justice for all in Wisconsin.

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Board & Staff
Board of Directors
Rebecca Murray, Executive Director
Tehmina Islam, IOLTA Program/Office Manager
Carlos Arenas, Program Manager
Benson Gardner, Communications and Development Manager

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