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.

Success stories

A Bridge to Independence
Dorothy is an 86- year old enrollee in Family Care. In April 2006 she was admitted to a nursing home for rehab services after surgery. Her Family Care team even though she constantly expressed her desire to do so. She remained in the nursing home for a year until she contacted DRW who assisted her to get services to move back to her apartment. Now Dorothy once again has her independence. Disability Rights Wisconsin, Inc., statewide.


A Bridge to a New Future
David had a multitude of family law issues regarding his children when he was released from prison. The Portage County Legal Aid Society contract attorney was able to resolve the problems and win placement of his daughter for approximately 60% of the time. She is the light of David’s life and he has stayed out of legal trouble for the last two years. Portage County Legal Aid Society, Portage County.


A Bridge to Peace
John, who developed AIDS, was given a prognosis of only a few weeks to live. He needed help planning his small estate and couldn’t afford an attorney. An AIDS Network staff attorney met with him in his small apartment, discussed his options with him, and helped him to complete his needed documents, including a will. John and his family were relieved to have his estate planning in place, as it enabled them to focus on John’s health and invaluable time. AIDS Network, South Central Wisconsin.


A Bridge to Survival
Sally was shot in the head by her husband before he shot and killed himself. Miraculously, Sally survived, albeit with serious neurological damage. Her brother and sister-in-law sought CASDA’s assistance to secure guardianship of Sally and her children. CASDA was able secure the guardianship and also assist with name change and probate matters, as the shooter’s creditors were pursuing the family’ finances. Happily, while Sally still needs significant assistance, she has made an amazing recovery and her children still have their mother. The family could not have afforded private legal representation and with CASDA’s assistance, they avoided financial ruin. Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse, Douglas, Bayfield

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 has posted materials for the 2019 Grantee Mid-Year reports
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!



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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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

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