Inside LFW

MISSION STATEMENT

The Legal Foundation of Washington is dedicated to equal justice for low-income persons. The Foundation funds programs and supports policies and initiatives which enable the poor and the most vulnerable to overcome barriers in the civil justice system.

HISTORY

The Legal Foundation of Washington is a not-for-profit organization created at the direction of the Washington Supreme Court of to administer the Interest on Lawyer's Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program in Washington State. In 1984, the State Supreme Court enacted RPC 1.14 requiring attorneys in this state to place all funds of a client into an interest bearing trust account.

In December 1995, the Washington Supreme Court required Limited Practice Officers (LPOs), who prepare legal documents incidental to closing of real estate transactions, to use interest bearing trust accounts just as lawyers must.

The Legal Foundation provides time, money and other available resources to civil legal aid programs to assist low-income people throughout Washington state with nowhere else to turn for help with their urgent legal problems. The legal problems that low-income people experience affect their basic needs like family safety, housing, health and employment.

The Legal Foundationís support ensures that equal access to this cornerstone of our democracy is achievable for Washington stateís poorest residents.