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Interest on Trust
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For Assistance or additional information, please contact the Foundation's IOTA operations manager:

Ms. Lushawn Phillips
IOTA Operations Manager
The Florida Bar Foundation
875 Concourse Parkway South, Suite 195
Maitland, FL 32751

(407) 960-7000
Toll free in Florida: (800) 541-2195
Fax: (407) 960-3765
E-mail: lphillips@flabarfndn.org

The Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) program was implemented by the Florida Supreme Court in 1981. The nation’s first IOTA program, it serves as a model for similar programs across the country and creates millions of dollars in funding for legal aid each year. IOTA contributions are allocated annually to the three uses for IOTA funds, approved by the Florida Supreme Court:

  • Legal Assistance for the Poor

  • Improvements in the Administration of Justice

  • Law Student Assistance

Under IOTA, all nominal or short-term funds of clients or third persons are pooled into an interest-bearing checking account benefiting IOTA that "...the lawyer has determined cannot practicably be invested for the benefit of the client or third person." Although the Florida Supreme Court requires that all nominal or short-term funds of clients or third persons be deposited into IOTA accounts, client or third-person trust funds that lawyers or law firms determine can earn income for the individual client or third person, in excess of the costs to secure such income, cannot be deposited into IOTA accounts.

Giving Opportunities

Fellows are life members of The Florida Bar Foundation; core supporters who believe in the value of justice and the importance of the Foundation’s leadership and charitable programs. If you haven’t already done so, please consider making your Fellows pledge.

Grant Programs

Revenue from Florida's Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) program is the chief source of support for the Foundation’s grant programs. Learn more.