German Law in the
United States

Welcome to Stenner Law

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Your Trusted Partner for German Law in the US

We provide provides legal representation and expertise in the following areas:

German Citizenship Law

Navigate the Complexities of German Citizenship Law with Confidence

We specialize in offering comprehensive legal consultations for Re-Naturalizations (Wiedereinbürgerung)

Retaining or reacquiring German citizenship offers unparalleled opportunities not just for you, but also for your children and grandchildren, including the freedom to live and work throughout the European Union. Don't relinquish this valuable opportunity; it's an asset that can benefit multiple generations in a multitude of ways.

Were you born as a German citizen who immigrated to the U.S.? You obtained American citizenship but at the same time lost your German citizenship? Many of our clients find out they are not German citizen anymore when they try to renew their German passport. Under German law, citizens who voluntarily obtain foreign (non-EU) citizenship automatically lose their German citizenship. There is a way back to German citizenship and to re-naturalize while also keep your American citizenship. Let us find out if you could be eligible.

During our consultations, we take a deep dive into your unique circumstances to clarify your eligibility for retaining or reacquiring German citizenship. Our services go beyond mere eligibility assessment; we provide a detailed roadmap, outlining all the necessary steps and documentation required for a successful application process. We ensure that you are well-equipped to navigate the complexities of citizenship reinstatement either with us or on your own. Our goal is to provide you with clear, actionable guidance, so you leave the consultation with a thorough understanding of your situation and the next steps to take.
Attorney Christine Stenner

Were your parents or grandparents German? Declare to be German!

Changes to the German citizenship law in 2021 have greatly expanded the opportunities for descendants of former citizens to reclaim their German citizenship.

Do you carry a lineage of German ancestry, even though you weren't born a German citizen? Reclaiming German citizenship for descendants of German citizens can be a profoundly emotional journey. This process often holds great significance, particularly for those who experienced the loss of their German citizenship due to Nazi persecution, obtaining U.S. citizenship, or other circumstances. The good news is that changes to the German citizenship law in 2021 have greatly expanded the opportunities for descendants and former citizens to reclaim their German heritage. Whether you are a direct descendant or someone seeking to re-naturalize, we understand the deep emotional resonance this process might hold for you and your family. We are here to help you navigate this journey, supporting you every step of the way to honor your heritage and reclaim your rightful place as a German citizen. Find out if you might qualify first!
  • This is a paid service for $19 that let’s you find out quickly if you meet the basic qualification standards by answering some questions. Answering these questions is a prerequisite to become out client in these cases.

Was your ancestors German citizenship taken by Nazis?

The first step working with us is always a Comprehensive Document Review for Ancestral Claims.

This service includes a thorough review of your documents and translation of often old German scripts, such as Sütterlin or other Fraktur, which are essential to verify your information and understand your eligibility accurately. This document review is a crucial first step in your journey towards reclaiming your German citizenship and is required for any further steps if you choose to hire me subsequently. With this service, my goal is to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the documents needed, their validity, and how they should be presented for your application. This will equip you with the necessary tools and knowledge to reclaim your German citizenship independently, ensuring that you're well-prepared for the application process.

Our Expertise in German Law

You or your spouse worked in Germany and might qualify for Social Security in Germany?

Discover Your Eligibility for Social Security (Rente) in Germany with us. 

Are you a former worker in Germany seeking answers on your Social Security benefits? Or are you facing a divorce with a German spouse and want to know your rights to receive Social Security through them? We can help you navigate the complex laws and regulations surrounding Social Security in Germany and determine if you qualify.

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About us

Christine Stenner, LL.M

Attorney at Law (Germany) & Legal Consultant in Pennsylvania

As a German immigrant to the United States in 2012, I deeply understand the intricacies and emotions tied to immigration and citizenship processes. As a dual citizen, I understand the difficulties in the process and are excited to help others to obtain dual citizenship with Germany as well. However, my professional focus extends beyond the mastery of the complexities of German law and bureaucracy. With over 25 years of experience as an attorney admitted to the German bar, I have specialized knowledge in Medical Law and Social Law. This extensive background has equipped me with a wealth of expertise in dealing with the German government, enabling me to guide my clients effectively through various legal procedures. Furthermore, I hold an LL.M from Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia and am registered as a Foreign Legal Consultant in Pennsylvania. This unique position allows me to practice German law in the United States and provide expert advice on German legal matters, ensuring comprehensive support for my clients navigating the German legal system.
* Admitted to the Bar in Frankfurt am Main. Christine Stenner is also board specialized medical law attorney (Fachanwältin für Medizinrecht) and from 2005 -2016 board specialized social security attorney (Fachanwältin für Sozialrecht).
Attorney Christine Stenner

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Stenner Law LLC
1700 Market Street, Suite 1005
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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