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.


By the Author

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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Video: Selling Your Business: Building the Right Team

Alvina H. Lo and Brian Oard |
My Business
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Do your clients have the right team in place to help maximize the sale proceeds of net income and estate taxes? William & Henry Associates Chairman, President & CEO David Iannini sat down with Wilmington Trust’s President, Western Region Brian Oard and Chief Wealth Strategist Alvina Lo at the 2019 Hawaii Tax Institute to review what resources you need to help ensure things go smoothly when selling your business, with maximum benefit to you.

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Video: Reducing the Risk of Estate Litigation

Brian Oard and Alvina H. Lo |
Wealth Planning
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Undue influence from family members on mom’s and dad’s estate plan can lead to costly estate litigation. Vivian Thoreen, partner, Holland and Knight, sat down with Wilmington Trust’s Brian Oard, president, Western region and Alvina Lo, chief wealth strategist to review the steps you can take to reduce the risk of painful and expensive estate litigation.Download Transcript >Please see important disclosures at the end of the video.

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Video: Retirement Planning Implications of the Secure Act

Brian Oard and Alvina H. Lo |
Wealth Planning
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What steps have you taken to help your clients update their estate plans with IRAs and other retirement plans? Henderson, Caverly, Pum & Trytten LLP Partner Steven E. Trytten sat down with Wilmington Trust’s President, Western Region Brian Oard and Chief Wealth Strategist Alvina Lo at the 2019 Hawaii Tax Institute to discuss how to maximize your estate plan to take advantage of the Secure Act changes.Download Transcript >Please see important disclosures at the end of the video.

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Video: The Virtual Private Trust Company

Brian Oard and Alvina H. Lo |
Wealth Planning
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What are the substantial tax planning and governance advantages of establishing a Virtual Private Trust Company in a jurisdiction like Delaware? Wilmington Trust’s President, Western Region Brian Oard and Chief Wealth Strategist Alvina Lo, sat down with Jonathan Lurie, partner at Venable LLP, at the 2019 Hawaii Tax Institute to delve into the world of Virtual Private Trust Companies.Download Transcript > Please see important disclosures at the end of the video.

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