Corinna Werwigk-Hertneck

Lawyer, Partner
Inheritance and Family Law Specialist
Former Justice Minister

Königstraße 52
70173 Stuttgart, Deutschland
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T +49 711 222901-48
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Areas of Specialism

Corinna Werwigk-Hertneck has been an inheritance and family lawyer for over 30 years. She has special expertise in divorce, maintenance and custody law. She advises and represents spouses, long-term partners and members of patchwork families in family law and inheritance matters, in particular in relation to creating testamentary dispositions and litigious inheritance disputes.


Corinna Werwigk-Hertneck studied law in Kiel and Tübingen. She has been admitted as a lawyer in Stuttgart since 1981. In 1987, she joined the law firm founded by her father, Hilmar Hertneck, in central Stuttgart. Between 2002 and 2004 she was Justice Minister and Commissioner for Foreigners in the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg. Corinna Werwigk-Hertneck chaired the Interior Affairs and Law Committee of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) from 2003 to 2013.


  • Family Law section of the German Bar Association
  • Inheritance Law section of the German Bar Association
  • German Association for Inheritance Law and Estate Planning (DVEV)
  • German Jurists


  • “Family Mediation”, legal conference of the FDP group in the state parliament of Baden-Württemberg, December 2000
  • “Forced Marriage”, spring conference of the Protestant Institute for Interdisciplinary Research e.V. (FEST), Heidelberg, January 2001
  • “Protecting Human Rights – A Challenge for Coexistence in an Immigrant Society”, project conference of the German Association of Judges, Stuttgart Higher Regional Court, December 2003
  • “Anonymous Birth”, an event with Bishop Fürst, House of the Diocese, Stuttgart, December 2003
  • “Law against Domestic Violence”, coordination centre of the Freiburg Intervention Project against Domestic Violence (FRIG), Freiburg/Breisgau, March 2004
  • “The Future of Legal Advice in Germany – Reform of the Legal Advice Act”, Landesvertretung Baden- Württemberg, Berlin, May 2004
  • “Guardianship Law”, BW Bank, Mannheim, June 2004
  • “Do I Need to Make a Will? What Can I Do Beforehand?”, Liberal Women, Stuttgart, April 2005
  • “Living Wills: Preparing for the Worst”, Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Stuttgart, November 2005
  • “Mediation – Finding Solutions to Crises”, Hospitalhof, Stuttgart, October 2005
  • “All about Money – Retirement Planning so You Can Face the Future without Worries”, BW Bank, series of lectures, Stuttgart and the surrounding area, from 2006 onward
  • “Inheriting and Bequeathing”, Paul Gerhardt Forum, Stuttgart, November 2009
  • “What We Leave Behind when We’re Gone: Wills and the Mistakes to Be Avoided”, Evangelical Society, Stuttgart, March 2007 and September 2011


  • Werwigk-Hertneck, “Secret” Paternity Tests, Biopolitics Magazine (Zeitschrift für Biopolitik), 2004, p. 249 et seq.
  • Werwigk-Hertneck/Mauch, Towards a European Code of Family Law, Family Law Journal, 2004, p. 574 et seq.