Iowa Supreme Court Commission on the Unauthorized Practice of Law is asking
ISBA members to contact the commission if they have any knowledge of Kiara
Jayne Eppinga’s advertising of divorce and marriage services, or Eppinga Legal
June 6, 2014, Chief Judge Duane Hoffmeyer of the Third District of Iowa issued
a permanent injunction against Eppinga enjoining her from the advertising of
legal services and engaging in the unauthorized practice of law within Iowa.
a non-lawyer, advertised her "marriage and divorce” services through her
website and a Facebook page. In her advertisements she noted that because she
was both an ordained minister and a former legal assistant she could "officiate
your wedding or help you end a marriage with divorce….”
to the complaint filed by the Commission on the Unauthorized Practice of Law,
Eppinga was charging $200 for a "standard divorce” with additional fees for
in-person consultations. She was also filing dissolution documents for
individuals in Buena Vista and Humboldt counties using the EDMS system.
who sees evidence of this violation of the unauthorized practice of law should
contact the UPL Commission at UPL@iowacourts.gov.