Prime Partners

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation works closely with Texas banks to ensure their participation in the Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Program. Per Supreme Court of Texas rules, IOLTA accounts must be held at banks that pay interest rates comparable to similarly situated accounts. 

Prime Partner banks, listed below, go above and beyond eligibility requirements by paying, net of allowable reasonable fees, the higher of  1) 75.00% or more of the Fed Funds Target Rate; or 2) a minimum of 1.00% on IOLTA accounts.  The additional interest ensures more funding for legal aid.   The State Bar of Texas passed a resolution to urge support of the Prime Partner program in January 2011.
 

Prime Partner Bank                        Locations

Allegiance Bank Houston, Bellaire
Alliance Bank Central Texas Waco, Jewitt, Donnie
Amarillo National Bank Amarillo, Borger
American Momentum Bank Bryan/College Station
Austin County State Bank Bellville
Bank of San Angelo San Angelo
Bank of the Ozarks Dallas area, Texarkana, Austin, Houston, San Antonio
Bank of Tyler Tyler
Central Bank Houston
Citizens Bank Kilgore, Humble, Bryan/College Station
Commerce National Bank Bryan/College Station, Austin
Dallas Capital Bank Dallas
EECU Fort Worth area
Falcon International Bank Laredo, San Antonio, McAllen, Brownsville
Fidelity Bank of Texas Waco, Robinson
First Community Bank San Benito, Harlingen, Brownsville
First Bank & Trust Lubbock, Wilson, Tahoka
First Federal Community Bank Paris, Clarksville, Mount Pleasant
First-Lockhart National Bank Lockhart, Austin, Kyle
First National Bank (Gilmer) Gilmer, Mount Vernon, Big Sandy, Pittsburg
First National Bank of Aspermont Aspermont
First National Bank of Ballinger Ballinger
First National Bank of Burleson Burleson
First National Bank of Shiner Shiner, Cuero, Goliad, Flatonia
First National Bank Southwest Frisco, Plaso
First Savings Bank (El Paso) El Paso
First State Bank (Ennis) Ennis, Rice, Italy, Waxahachie
First State Bank (Paradise) Paradise, Bridgeport, Chico
Gladewater National Bank Gladewater
Guaranty Bank and Trust Mt. Pleasant & East Texas, inc. Dallas, Bryan
Happy State Bank Amarillo, Lubbock, Happy, DFW, Abilene, Amarillo
Hondo National Bank Hondo, Bandera, Uvalde, Leakey
Horizon Bank Austin, Holland, Salado
Huntington State Bank Huntington, Lufkin, Nacogdoches
Independent Bank McKinney, Waco, Georgetown, Austin, Houston
Lowery Bank Sugar Land
Lubbock National Bank Lubbock
NewFirst National Bank El Campo, Edna, Needville, Rosenberg, Sugar Land, Victoria, Wharton
Normangee State Bank Normangee
North East Texas Credit Union Daingerfield, Jefferson, Mt. Pleasant
Northstar Bank of Texas Denton, Grapevine, Lewisville
Oakwood Bank Dallas, Oakwood
PlainsCapital Bank Statewide
R Bank, Texas Round Rock, Georgetown, Austin, Bertram, Edna, Jarrell,Schwertner
Sage Capital Bank Gonzales, New Braunfels, San Marcos, Luling, Lockhart
Santa Anna National Bank Santa Anna
Southwestern National Bank Houston, Plano, Austin
Spring Hill State Bank Longview
Texas Bank Henderson, Longview, Nacogdoches, Tyler
Texas Bank Financial Weatherford
Texas Exchange Bank Fort Worth, Crowley
Texas State Bank San Angelo
The National Banks of Central Texas Gatesville, Killeen, Waco
Third Coast Bank Humble, Houston, Beaumont
TrustTexas Bank Cuero, Victoria, Kyle
Union Square Credit Union Wichita Falls, Burkburnett
United Texas Credit Union San Antonio, Boerne
Western Bank Coahoma, Abilene, Big Spring, Brownwood, Lubbock
Wellington State Bank Childress, Lubbock, Dalhart
 

Since September 2007, the Federal Reserve has lowered the Fed Funds Target Rate from 5.25%  to a range of 0 - .25 %.  This means that IOLTA projected revenue continues to decrease as well.

You can help by doing one the following:

  1. Bank at a Prime Partner bank.
  2. If you do business with a non-Prime Partner bank, persuade the bank to become a Prime Partner.
  3. If you are employed by a non-Prime Partner bank, persuade the bank to become a Prime Partner.

View all eligible banks.

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