About the Author

Alvina H. Lo

Chief Wealth Strategist

As part of the Wilmington Trust and M&T Emerald Advisory Services® team, Alvina is responsible 
for wealth planning, strategic advice, and thought leadership development for Wilmington Trust’s Wealth Management division. She oversees a national team of wealth strategists, financial planners, and thought leadership experts, who together, serve as advisors to high-net-worth individuals and families, business owners, entrepreneurs, and foundations and endowments.

Prior to joining Wilmington Trust, Alvina was the director and senior wealth planner for 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 managed the third-party trustee platform. Earlier in her career, Alvina practiced law at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, LLP in the Trusts & Estates group and served as 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 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. Alvina was most recently recognized as one of Worth’s Groundbreakers 2020: 50 Women Changing the World. She is a published author on estate planning matters and has lectured at 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, Barron’s, Bloomberg, and Business Insider. She is admitted to practice in the states of New York and New Jersey. She is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is a member of Women In America, a professional development group. She is a regional committee co-chair of the Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Foundation for the University of Virginia. Alvina is bilingual and speaks fluent Chinese-Cantonese and basic Chinese-Mandarin.


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Post Election: How Prepared is Your Wealth Plan?

Alvina H. Lo |
Wealth Planning

With a declaration made, there is still some uncertainty regarding the election, so planning is key.Joseph R. Biden Jr. has been declared by major news outlets as president-elect of the United States while the country awaits results of recounts, court challenges, and key congressional races.With the potential for a significantly reduced federal gift tax exemption, now is the time to make significant gifts.

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Post-Election 2020: Still in a State of Uncertainty. What Does This Mean for Your Wealth Plan?

Alvina H. Lo |
Wealth Planning

The election came and went on November 3, 2020, and here we are still in a state of uncertainty about who will serve the next term as the President of the United States. The composition of the Senate is also in question which may impact the ability of any legislative action. As we wait for clarity, it’s important to stick to your tried and true year-end wealth planning efforts with an eye toward the possible election results.

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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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