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P.O. Box 62446
Harrisburg, PA 17107-2445

Tel. 717-238-2001
Toll Free 888-PA-IOLTA (724-6582)
Fax. 717-238-2003

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Apply for an Exemption


Exemptions are not automatic. A judicial official may submit a written request for exemption with respect to the maintenance of a MJ-IOTA account. All requests by a judicial official must be made on the judicial official’s official letterhead, and all requests must set forth in reasonable detail the basis for the requested exemption.

Exemption categories:

  • Low balance
    If the average daily balance of your current IOLTA account, as measured over twelve months, is less than $5,000, you may request an exemption.
  • Bank service charges routinely exceed the income
    If the bank service charges assessed on your current IOLTA account routinely exceed the interest earned, you may request an exemption.
  • Extreme Impracticality
    See 204 Pa. Code 81.307(3).
  • Other compelling and necessitous reasons
    See 204 Pa. Code 81.307(4).

How Do I Apply for an Exemption?

Send a written request to the IOLTA Board’s executive director. Identify the exemption category for which you are applying and explain why you qualify. For a low balance exemption or excessive service charges exemption, you must include bank statements for your current IOLTA Account from the last twelve months.

Pro Hac Vice

Out-of-state attorneys seeking to enter their appearance on a Pennsylvania case must pay an admission fee of $375 per case to the IOLTA Board prior to filing the motion with the court. Complete your pro hac vice application online and pay the $375 fee by check or credit card.

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