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 both U.S. and international ultra-high-net-worth clients of the New York and cross-border markets. Previous to that, Alvina served as a wealth strategist with Credit Suisse Private Bank 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 J.D. 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 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 Bar Association, New York City Bar, and Barron’s Top Women Advisors Summit. She is admitted to practice in the state 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

Video: Reducing the Risk of Estate Litigation

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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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Episode 2: Is There a Planning Silver Lining to This Economic Downturn?

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May 12—In this time of economic and market uncertainty, many are asking: Is there a planning silver lining to this economic downturn? Chief Wealth Strategist Alvina Lo discusses how using a grantor retained annuity trust (GRAT) as an estate planning tool may be beneficial in our current economic climate. Why? Because its success is tied to two things: low interest rates and low valuation of assets—both of which we have today.

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Top 6 Positive Planning Strategies in a Challenging Environment

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Amid chaos, there is a silver lining for planning opportunities. Although we are facing many challenges on the health, economic, and market fronts, we would be remiss not to explore the positive ways that your estate plan can benefit from low interest rates and depressed asset values.There are several wealth and estate planning strategies that are particularly attractive in this kind of climate.

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