Jay Leno granted conservatorship over wife Mavis after dementia diagnosis

Jay Leno granted conservatorship over wife Mavis after dementia diagnosis

Jay Leno was officially granted conservatorship over his wife, Mavis Leno, amid her battle with dementia.

On Tuesday, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the conservatorship, claiming that the philanthropist was in “good care” with the former talk show host, per People.

“I think she’s in the least restrictive environment,” the judge said before turning to acknowledge Jay. “Everything you’re doing is right … I totally understand this is a difficult period.”

Jay Leno was granted conservatorship over his wife, Mavis Leno, according to People. NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the conservatorship on Tuesday amid the philanthropist’s dementia battle. Getty Images for Meyers Manx

The judge confirmed that Mavis, 77, was on board with the conservatorship and claimed her husband fits the role of her conservator.


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Her lawyer echoed the judge’s sentiments, confirming Mavis was “in agreement” with the former “Tonight Show” host’s request over her, adding she is “receiving excellent care” with him, according to the outlet.

Jay, 73, also took a moment to share he was reviewing his wife’s will and estate planning.

“I think she’s in the least restrictive environment,” the judge said. Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images
The judge added Mavis was in “good care” with the “Jay Leno’s Garage” host. Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

In January, the comedian filed for conservatorship over his wife to set up a living trust for her in case anything happened to him.

“Jay desires to execute an estate plan, including a revocable trust and will, which will provide for Mavis and Mavis’s brother and her sole living heir aside from Jay,” per documents previously obtained by Page Six.

The “Jay Leno’s Garage” host waited to file the conservatorship until it was necessary, though he didn’t specify when his wife was diagnosed with the disease.

Separate documents detailed Mavis’ “advanced dementia” diagnosis, claiming it’s leading to a sharp decline in her health as she “sometimes does not know her husband […] nor her date of birth.”

The judge told Jay, “Everything you’re doing is right … I totally understand this is a difficult period.” FilmMagic, Inc
Mavis’ lawyer also confirmed that she agreed with her husband serving as her conservator. Getty Images

Mavis’ neurologist, Dr. Hart Cohen, also noted in the docs that she “has a lot of disorientation” and tends to ruminate “about her parents who have both passed.”

According to her court-appointed counsel, Ronald Ostrin, Mavis also “reposed great faith and confidence in Mr. Leno and relied on him for her protection and guidance.”

Jay and Mavis have stepped out several times together since the conservatorship filing, often appearing in good spirits.

In January, Jay filed for conservatorship over his wife. WireImage
The couple wed in 1980. Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

On January 28, she attended his comedy show at The Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, Calif.

Moreover, recently, the duo was spotted at a Hollywood Improv comedy show in West Hollywood, Calif. on April 3.

Jay and Mavis tied the knot in 1980 and don’t have any kids.

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