About the Author

Alvina H. Lo

Chief Wealth Strategist

As part of the Wilmington Trust Emerald Family Office & Advisory team, Alvina is responsible for wealth planning, family office services, and thought leadership development for Wilmington Trust’s Wealth Management division. She oversees a national team of wealth strategists, family office services professionals, and thought leadership experts, who together, serve as advisors to high-net-worth individuals and families, business owners, entrepreneurs, and foundations.

Prior to joining Wilmington Trust, Alvina was a director at Citi Private Bank where she served as an advisor to U.S. and international ultra-high-net-worth clients. Previous to that, she served as a wealth strategist with Credit Suisse Private Wealth and practiced law at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, LLP. Earlier in her career, she was a consultant for Deloitte Consulting and Scient Corporation.

Alvina holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia where she was a Thomas Jefferson Scholar. She received her JD from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the Law Review and Order of the Coif. She also holds a Professional Tax Certificate in Estate Planning from New York University School of Law.

Alvina is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), a highly selective group of peer-elected trust and estate attorneys in the U.S. and abroad. She has been named as a recipient of the 2021 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award by the Asian American Business Development Center. She also has been recognized by Crain’s New York Business as one of their Most Notable Women in Financial Advice in 2020. The honor recognizes leading women executives in New York City for their dedication to excellence in the financial industry and significant professional, civic, and philanthropic contributions. In addition, she was recognized as one of Worth’s Groundbreakers 2020: 50 Women Changing the World.

She is a published author and frequent lecturer at leading industry conferences for the American Bankers Association, American Bar Association, Delaware Trust Conference, Hawaii Tax Institute, and Barron’s Top Women Advisors Summit. She has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Bloomberg, and Business Insider. She is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and Women In America, a professional mentoring group. She is active with the American Bankers Association as a Board member for Wealth Management and Trust and lecturer of the Trust School. She is currently Chair of the New York City Walentas Scholars Program for the University of Virginia. Alvina is bilingual and speaks fluent Chinese-Cantonese and basic Chinese-Mandarin.


By the Author

New Year’s Resolutions for your Wealth Plan

Alvina H. Lo |
Emerald GEMs

Jan. 11, 2022—Many people start off the year with a list of New Year’s resolutions, usually centered around health and personal improvement. This year, however, it may be wise to make an extra resolution to get your financial health in shape. In today’s podcast, Chief Wealth Strategist Alvina Lo of Wilmington Trust’s Emerald Family Office & Advisory shares the top six things you can do in the new year to maintain a healthy wealth plan throughout 2022 and beyond.

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Gifting Assets Under a Biden Administration

Alvina H. Lo |
Emerald GEMs

January 26, 2021, GEM 31 — With the Biden administration and Democrat-controlled Congress now in place, the lifetime gift exemption—currently at an all-time high—could revert to a drastically lower level sooner rather than later. Therefore, now is the time for gifting assets while the higher exemption is still available. In today’s podcast, Chief Wealth Strategist Alvina Lo discusses actionable estate planning strategies, including common roadblocks and how to overcome them.

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New Year, New Administration: What Does This Mean for Gifting Under Your Wealth Plan?

Alvina H. Lo |
Wealth Planning

With big changes in the White House, wealth planning is key.After many recounts and court challenges, Joseph R. Biden Jr. has been inaugurated as President of the United States.For those whose assets are significant enough to have a taxable estate, planning will be even more important now. With the potential for a considerably reduced federal gift tax exemption, now is the time to make significant gifts.

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Revocable Trusts May Play a Role in Your Estate Plan

Alvina H. Lo |
Emerald GEMs

September 22, 2020, GEM 21 — When contemplating your estate plan, you may wonder whether you should have a revocable trust, also known as a living trust, in addition to your will. The answer may depend on your net worth and the nature of your assets. Generally, the more assets you have, and the more complicated they are, the more you may benefit from a revocable trust.

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3 Insurance Strategies Not to Overlook

Alvina H. Lo and William T. LaFond |
Wealth Planning

Are your insurance strategies covering the full spectrum of protection you need?With estate taxes due typically nine months after the date of death, having a liquidity strategy in place will help keep your assets secure from an unintended sale.A new study from The First Street Foundation lists 14.6 million properties in the 100-year flood zone, which is where there is a 1% chance of a flood striking in any one year.

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