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.

About WisTAF

Everyone should be able to pursue justice and fair legal solutions to problems that threaten their lives or their well-being.

But in our complex legal system, people who can't afford an attorney are often shut out. Did you know there is no guarantee of an attorney in most matters of civil law?

Civil law encompasses virtually everything outside of criminal law. People without legal assistance have a harder time escaping domestic violence, turning around a health insurance company's wrongful denial of coverage, or removing barriers to employment like long-ago misdemeanors. To achieve personal safety, security, and independence, you sometimes need legal assistance.

The Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation, Inc. (WisTAF) exists to address this issue. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, we are the civil legal aid funding administrator established by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. 

Since our founding in 1986, WisTAF has awarded and overseen millions of dollars in grants to organizations throughout the state. Our investment helps the most vulnerable in every Wisconsin county to access services that open the door to the justice system — including advice and representation from attorneys.

With this access, clients can pursue the legal outcomes needed to realize stability, health, and self-sufficiency, in turn benefitting our state as a whole.

Would you like to help? Here's you can become one of our incredible partners and support civil legal aid.

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One of our newest Prime Partners, Farmers & Merchants Bank (Berlin) 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 & Merchants Bank'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, Assistant Executive Director
Benson Gardner, Communications and Development Manager
Jeff Brown, Grants Program Manager

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