The Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois (LTF) is the largest state-level funder of civil legal aid for the poor in Illinois. Established as a non-profit foundation in 1983, LTF makes grants from revenue generated by the Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program as well as a legal aid fee assessed on Illinois lawyers as part of the annual attorney registration process.
LTF’s grants support non-profit organizations that provide a legal safety net for low-income people with desperate needs and nowhere else to turn. These legal aid organizations augment the legal system and ensure that the door to justice is open to every Illinoisan, regardless of their income and resources. In 2016, the legal aid grantees funded by LTF provided services in 140,000 legal matters.