Jay Leno petitions for conservatorship of his wife’s estate due to dementia


After learning that his wife of 43 years, Mavis Leno, had been diagnosed with dementia, comedian Jay Leno filed a conservatorship petition in California on Friday. The petition was filed in response to the fact that Mavis Leno had been diagnosed with dementia.

In the petition that was submitted to the Los Angeles County Superior Court and obtained by “Entertainment Tonight,” it was stated that Mavis, who is 77 years old, “has been gradually losing capacity and orientation to space and time for several years,” and that her “current condition renders her incapable of executing the estate plan.”

According to the paperwork filed with the court, Leno “has always handled the couple’s finances throughout” their marriage. He is attempting to establish a trust for their joint estate that would “ensure Mavis has managed assets sufficient to provide for her care” in the event that he passes away before she does.

It is not apparent when an initial diagnosis was made for her. The diagnosis of dementia and the symptoms that Mavis is experiencing are listed in a report from a physician that is included in the court filings and is dated November 28, 2023.

Jay Leno petitions for conservatorship of his wife
Jay Leno and Mavis Leno, (Image Credti: Getty image)

The medical practitioner stated that “it is my professional opinion that, due to her condition, Mavis is unable to meaningfully participate in the hearing on the Petition to Appoint a Probate Conservator nor would she understand the nature, force or effect of the hearing should she attend.”

Additionally, the physician marked a box in the report that stated Mavis “lacks the capacity to give informed consent to any form of medical treatment.” This was a statement that was included in the report.

An investigation into the situation is going to take place on April 9th. An attempt has been made by “Entertainment Tonight” to obtain a comment from Leno. An attempt was made by CBS News to obtain a comment from Leo’s representatives.

Leno was the host of “The Tonight Show” from 1992 until 2009, and then again from 2010 until 2014. Conan O’Brien, a comedian, had a brief tenure in between, but he was fired owing to poor ratings, which sparked a controversy.

In a conversation that took place in 2014 with “60 Minutes,” Mavis defended her husband, Jay Leno, on the eve of his second departure from the show.

“It made me angry, because there was this perception that for some reason Jay had decided to give up the show,” Mavis explained to ’60 Minutes.’ It was almost as if he had handed up the show to Conan, and then reversed his decision. “That is not what took place, is that clear?”


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