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Complicated legal question

Okay, this one's a doozy. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

All right: my character is a 17-year-old girl who's a freshman in college in Berkeley. Her only living relative is her grandmother, who raised her, and who is still living in their house in Los Angeles. The problem is, the grandmother has Alzheimer's and can't really take care of herself anymore. What's are the legal options open to the girl? Would it be possible for her to:

1. Take over the grandmother's assets (rightfully hers by inheritance);
2. Place her grandmother in full-time care;
3. Sell the house;
4. And put herself through college with the remainder?

What legal steps would she have to go through? How long would this take? How much would she be able to do from Berkeley, and how much would have to be taken care of directly from L.A.? Does the fact that this takes place in 1990, not 2005, make any difference?

I know this is super complicated. Thanks again for any advice you can offer.
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