About the Author

Brian Oard

President, Western Region
Wilmington Trust

Brian is responsible for overseeing all Wealth Management services in Southern California and the Western United States. He leads a team of professionals who provide planning, trust, investment management, family office, and private banking services.

Brian has more than two decades of experience helping clients with issues such as investment management, risk management, business succession, and retirement planning. Prior to joining Wilmington Trust, he was a top producer at both Northern Trust and BNY Mellon. Brian was also an adjunct professor at California Lutheran University where he taught employee benefits and retirement planning for their CFP certification program.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California at Davis and received the CFP designation from the CFP Board of Standards in 1999. Brian was commissioned as a United States Marine Corps Infantry Officer in 1989. He was awarded the Naval Achievement Medal with combat distinguishing device for action during Operation Desert Storm. He also took part in the humanitarian relief operations during Operation Restore Hope in Somalia in 1993. Brian had the good fortune of serving under the command of then Major John Kelly and Lieutenant Colonel James Mattis during his service in the Marine Corps.

Brian serves on the Scarlet and Gold Committee of the West Coast Gala for the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. He also serves on the executive board of the Veteran’s Park Conservancy, an organization of the National Cemetery and VA property in Westwood, California.


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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Video: Conversations from the Hawaii Tax Institute

Alvina H. Lo and Brian Oard |
Wealth Planning
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Wilmington Trust’s Brian Oard, Alvina Lo, and Adam Bakash sat down with industry experts at the 2018 Hawaii Tax Institute to discuss trends in the tax and wealth transfer industry. Please see important disclosures at the end of the video.Click here to watch more conversations from the Hawaii Tax Institute.

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Videos: Tax Considerations for Private Foundations and Charitable Trusts

Brian Oard and Alvina H. Lo |
Wealth Planning
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Wilmington Trust’s Brian Oard and Alvina Lo sat down with Doug Mancino, a Partner with Seyfarth Shaw, at the 2018 Hawaii Tax Institute Conference to discuss the factors families should consider when establishing private foundations and preserving their charitable legacy.Issues Facing Private FoundationsCharitable LegacyPlease see important disclosures at the end of each video.

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Videos: Cyber and Personal Security and the Costliest Mistakes in Risk Management

Brian Oard and Alvina H. Lo |
Wealth Planning
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Wilmington Trust’s Brian Oard and Alvina Lo discussed a number of timely risk management topics at the 2018 Hawaii Tax Institute Conference. Watch their conversations with two risk and insurance experts and a former FBI agent and founder of an international risk mitigation firm.Cyber and Personal SecurityPatrick Conley, a former FBI special agent and founder and CEO of Franklin Global, Inc.

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Videos: Wealth Transition & Legacy Planning Strategies

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Wealth Planning
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Wilmington Trust’s Alvina Lo, Brian Oard and Adam Bakhash  discussed a variety of wealth transition and legacy planning topics with tax and estate planning lawyers, risk and insurance professionals, and a financial education expert at the 2018 Hawaii Tax Institute Conference.Hear their insights on electronic wills, spousal lifetime access trusts, financial literacy, estates and trusts, gifting, and more.

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