Wisconsin attorneys' banking relationships matter.

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The simplest way to support IOLTA’s mission is to maintain your IOLTA account at a Prime Partner financial institution, which pays interest rates that are at least 0.50% higher than required under the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s IOLTA interest rate comparability requirement. The additional interest results in more funding for civil legal aid in communities throughout Wisconsin.

 

 

Choosing a financial institution

Currently, Wisconsin Supreme Court rules allow attorneys to hold trust accounts in any IOLTA participating financial institution. Eligible IOLTA participating financial institutions pay interest rates on IOLTA accounts that are at least as high as the rates they pay to non-IOLTA customers holding accounts meeting the same minimum balance and other requirements; and remit the interest earned to WisTAF. Participation by financial institutions is optional.

To help lawyers and law firms determine a financial institution's current eligibility status, WisTAF has compiled a List of IOLTA Participating Financial Institutions and Prime Partners





 


Prime Partner financial institutions are those that go above and beyond IOLTA participation requirements by choosing to pay interest rates on IOLTA accounts that are at least 50 basis points (0.50 percent) higher than required under the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s IOLTA interest rate comparability requirement. The additional interest results in more funding for civil legal aid in communities throughout Wisconsin and, in return, Prime Partners receive special recognition from WisTAF.   

Attorneys and law firms can help sustain IOLTA and civil legal aid to low-income Wisconsinites by doing one of the following:

  1. Bank at a Prime Partner financial institution.
  2. If you do business with a non-Prime Partner, encourage the financial institution to become a Prime Partner by contacting the financial institution directly.
     
UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS
May 4, 2021
Grants & Evaluation Committee Meeting
May 26, 2021
Executive Committee Meeting
June 9, 2021
WisTAF Board Meeting
August 25, 2021
Finance Committee Meeting
September 14, 2021
Grants & Evaluation Committee Meeting
October 1, 2021
Executive Committee Meeting
October 15, 2021
WisTAF Board Meeting
WHAT'S NEW
WisTAF is accepting Provisional 2021-22 DVSA Grant Applications
Statement about Civil Legal Aid Budget Proposals

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PRIME PARTNER SPOTLIGHT

Our recent Prime Partner, CIBC 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. CIBC Bank's participation reflects an admirable commitment to justice for all in Wisconsin.


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

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Rebecca Murray, Executive Director
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Tehmina Islam, IOLTA Program/Office Manager
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Carlos Arenas, Program Manager
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Benson Gardner, Communications and Development Manager
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