About the Author

Shelly J. Kunkel

Vice President and Senior Estate and Trust Managing Director

As part of the Wilmington Trust Emerald Family Office & Advisory team, Shelly oversees technical and operational aspects of estate and trust settlements for Wilmington Trust and M&T Bank throughout the mid-Atlantic region. She is the principal administrator for the firm’s most complex settlements in that region. Her team provides executor and trustee services to families throughout the post-death administration process.

Shelly joined M&T Bank in 2013. Prior to joining M&T Bank, she worked as a transactional attorney, and she brings over 25 years of experience in complex estate and trust administration, with additional experience in estate planning, real estate transactions, and bankruptcy, having privately counseled clients during her practice with several established central Pennsylvania law firms.

Shelly holds a Juris Doctor degree from Dickinson School of Law and graduated cum laude from Dickinson College with a bachelor’s degree in English. She is a member of both the Dauphin County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations and is a former member of the Estate Planning Council of Central Pennsylvania, Inc. She has served on the board of the Central Pennsylvania Kidney Foundation and as an officer of Her Heart’s Wish™, for which she received the Harrisburg Chapter Soroptimist International’s “Women Helping Women” award. Shelly also volunteered with Historic Harrisburg and chaired several positions for the organization’s signature fund raising event, Elegant Progressions.


By the Author

Planning for Fine Art as an Asset of Your Estate

Shelly J. Kunkel |
Emerald GEMs

Sept. 7, 2021—Whether you acquire a work of art for its aesthetic qualities or for investment purposes, holding fine art in your estate presents both obligations and opportunities for the educated collector. In today’s podcast, Senior Estate and Trust Managing Director Shelly Kunkel of Wilmington Trust’s Emerald Family Office & Advisory discusses three important to-dos regarding your fine art: appraise, insure, and manage disposition (AIM).

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