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.

WisTAF Has Moved!

After 20 years in the same location, WisTAF has moved to: 4600 American Parkway, Suite 104, Madison, WI 53718. Our phone number and email address contacts remain the same. Though our space is new, our mission is constant – to support equal justice and the provision of civil legal aid to Wisconsin’s most vulnerable residents. more

Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation, Inc. Announces New Community Redevelopment Grant Funding Opportunity

Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation, Inc. Announces  New Community Redevelopment Grant Funding Opportunity. Click here for the press release. more

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

Newly released study shows US falls short in its pledge of allegiance promise of "liberty and justice for all."

Fact:  71% of low-income households experienced at least one civil legal problem in the last year, including problems with health care, housing conditions, disability access, veterans’ benefits, and domestic violence. However, 86% of the civil legal problems reported by low-income Americans received inadequate or no legal help according to the Legal Services Corporation''s newly released "2017 Justice Gap Report. more

ABA releases statement expressing outrage at Trump administration budget proposal to defund LSC

WASHINGTON, March, 16, 2017 - The American Bar Association is outraged that the administration  proposes to eliminate funding for the Legal Services Corporation in its budget and calls on every member of Congress to restore full funding. LSC provides civil legal aid to people who desperately need help to navigate the legal process. more

Supreme Court re-creates trust account rule expanding the use of electronic transactions in trust and fiduciary accounts

Supreme Court re-creates trust account rule; amends related rules: On April 4, 2016, the Wisconsin Supreme Court repealed and re-created SCR 20:1.15—Safekeeping property; trust accounts and fiduciary accounts, and amended SCR 20:1.0, SCR 20:1.5 and SCR 22.39, effective July 1, 2016. Order, Petition No. more

New source of funds for civil legal aid approved by Supreme Court

On April 13, 2016 the Wisconsin Supreme Court voted unanimously to adopt a change proposed by the Access to Justice Commission that will result in a new source of funds for civil legal aid to the indigent in Wisconsin. The court acted following a public hearing on Petition 15-06, which was filed by the Access to Justice Commission. 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

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August 28, 2020
Finance Committee Teleconference
September 8, 2020
Grants & Evaluation Committee Meeting
September 25, 2020
Executive Committee Teleconference
October 9, 2020
WisTAF Board Meeting
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
2020 Application & Reporting Deadlines Calendar Now Available!



As a Prime Partner since 2010, Bank Five Nine 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. Bank Five Nine's participation reflects an admirable commitment to justice for all in Wisconsin.

Contact us
4600 American Parkway, Suite 104, Madison, WI 53718
Phone: 608.257.6845 or 877.749.5045 (toll-free)
Email: service@wistaf.org

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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