Shopgirl: Learn about wills, estates at free legal clinic

The Aiken County Library is hosting a free legal clinic covering wills, estates and probate law issues on Thursday at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the South Carolina Bar Association and consists of a 30- to 40-minute lecture given by local attorney William Ray Massey, and will conclude with a question-and-answer session. The information covered will include health care power of attorney, living wills, funeral planning and other end-of-life issues.

 

WHAT’S TRENDY: Lady Gaga is releasing a new collection with Urban Outfitters, featuring a selection of clothing and accessories inspired by her album “Joanne.”

These pieces range from $16 to $279 and will be released online Monday. They are available in stores.

The collection ranges from a bomber jacket to a tote bag, with plenty of T-shirts mixed in, as well. The lineup isn’t likely to last long, so act fast if you want to be sure to have access to the entire selection.

WHAT’S AFFORDABLE: The internet age has made investing something so much more accessible than it was in the past, with simulators and apps that allow you to bypass broker fees and act as your own investing boss.

One app that I think is very promising is Acorns, a mobile app that uses spare change you authorize it to take by rounding up to the nearest dollar on your daily purchases, and then invests this money in portfolios you’ve selected.

There’s a $1 fee each month (as long as your account remains less than $5,000), and it’s really fun to see this money accumulate without your even missing it from your checking account.

Of course, Acorns isn’t a great replacement for a thoughtfully planned retirement fund strategy, but especially for young people who need motivation to put aside money to invest, this app makes it fun and painless. Find it for free for iOS and Android.

 

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