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 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

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

Alvina H. Lo |
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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

Alvina H. Lo |
Wealth Planning
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Amid chaos, there is a silver lining for estate 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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