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Jay Leno Officially Granted Conservatorship of His Wife Mavis After Her Dementia Diagnosis

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April 10, 2024

Jay Leno filed for conservatorship of his wife of more than four decades, Mavis Leno, in January after she was diagnosed with “advanced dementia”

<p>Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic</p><p> From left: Mavis Leno and Jay Leno attend the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Sunset Tower on February 26, 2012 in West Hollywood, California.” data-src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/upcXP2Uwopi7xdcVVvc8Gw–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTY0MA–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/people_218/c11924d397a778624ffa8f94df2df9f0″><noscript><img alt=Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

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From left: Mavis Leno and Jay Leno attend the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Sunset Tower on February 26, 2012 in West Hollywood, California.

Jay Leno was granted conservatorship of his wife of more than four decades, Mavis Leno, after she was diagnosed with dementia.

During a hearing at Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday, April 9, which PEOPLE attended, Mavis’ lawyer said she was “in agreement” with the conservatorship and noted that she is “receiving excellent care with her husband, Mr. Leno.”

The judge agreed, saying, “I think she’s in the least restrictive environment. I think she’s in very good care with Mr. Leno.”

The judge then looked at Leno, 73, and said, “Everything you’re doing is right,” before acknowledging, “I totally understand this is a difficult period.”

She noted that Mavis, 77, does “consent” to the conservatorship and confirmed Jay is “fit” to serve as conservator.

Leno also shared he is in the process of estate planning and looking at his wife’s will. All assets are common property so they will not be an issue under the conservatorship.

Related: Jay Leno and Wife Mavis Enjoy Night Out at Comedy Show amid Her Dementia Struggles

<p>Barry King/FilmMagic</p><p> Comic Jay Leno (L) and wife Mavis Leno attends an HBO premiere of an exclusive presentation of ‘Billy Crystal 700 Sundays’ on April 17, 2014 at Ray Kurtzman Theater in Los Angeles, California.” data-src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/ClLzFibw1RlWM1mGQaMgOQ–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTY0MQ–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/people_218/63e908b1c06b7cc65b5e4b542547af37″><noscript><img alt=Barry King/FilmMagic

Comic Jay Leno (L) and wife Mavis Leno attends an HBO premiere of an exclusive presentation of ‘Billy Crystal 700 Sundays’ on April 17, 2014 at Ray Kurtzman Theater in Los Angeles, California.” src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/ClLzFibw1RlWM1mGQaMgOQ–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTY0MQ–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/people_218/63e908b1c06b7cc65b5e4b542547af37″ class=”caas-img”>

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Comic Jay Leno (L) and wife Mavis Leno attends an HBO premiere of an exclusive presentation of ‘Billy Crystal 700 Sundays’ on April 17, 2014 at Ray Kurtzman Theater in Los Angeles, California.

The update comes after the former Tonight Show host brought Mavis to his stand-up show at the Hollywood Improv comedy club in WeHo last week.

In January, Jay filed for conservatorship for his wife as he revealed that she had been diagnosed with “advanced dementia,” according to documents obtained by PEOPLE at the time. His motive behind the petition was to set up a living trust for Mavis to ensure that she has “managed assets” to provide her with future care if he died.

Related: Inside Jay Leno’s Request to Become Wife’s Conservator — and What Legal Experts Say Could Come Next

Earlier this month, Mavis’ court-appointed counsel, Ronald Ostrin, filed a new report related to the conservatorship petition. In the filing which was obtained by PEOPLE at the time, he noted that Mavis “does not object” but rather “consents” to the conservatorship, and thus Ostrin formally recommended the approval of Jay’s petition as conservator of his wife’s estate.

Per the documents, the petition was also supported by Mavis’ neurologist, Dr. Hart Cohen, who said Jay is “such a nice man and treats [Mavis] like gold.” Ostrin described the former Tonight Show host as “a standup guy” whose “private persona matches the public persona he projects.”

<p>Christopher Polk/Getty</p><p> Mavis Leno (L) and MC Jay Leno during the 26th Anniversary Carousel Of Hope Ball presented by Mercedes-Benz at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 20, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.” data-src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/sgV8j2BxVPMAAnWa_oELLA–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTY0MQ–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/people_218/12a321ac82a8a784721e2cfc7beb304b”><noscript><img alt=Christopher Polk/Getty

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Mavis Leno (L) and MC Jay Leno during the 26th Anniversary Carousel Of Hope Ball presented by Mercedes-Benz at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 20, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.

Related: Jay Leno’s Request to Create Wife’s Trust Could Cost Family ‘Hundreds of Thousands’ If Denied, Lawyer Says

Ostrin also provided an update on Mavis’ health, revealing that she “sometimes does not know her husband, Jay, nor her date of birth.

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Mavis, who Jay has been married to since 1980, “has a lot of disorientation, will ruminate about her parents who have both passed and her mother who died about 20 years ago,” according to the report.

The report also spoke to the nature of the couple’s relationship, which Ostrin described as “long-term, loving and supportive,” as Mavis sees Jay as “her protector and she trusts him.”

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