Jay Leno’s wife “sometimes does not know her husband” after heartbreaking dementia diagnosis

Jay Leno is moving to ensure his dementia-stricken wife Mavis will be taken care of in the event of his death, with it claimed that she now struggles to remember who he is sometimes.

A new report published by RadarOnline cites court documents that detail how a lawyer evaluated Mavis, 77, as part of a court case to determine whether or not Jay will be put in charge of his wife’s estate.

Back in January the former talk show host filed a petition in Los Angeles Superior Court with a view to assuming control of his wife’s finances. “Unfortunately, Mavis has been progressively losing capacity and orientation to space and time for several years,” the filing said.

Jay and Mavis have been married since 1980 and do not share any children. Tragically, Mavis’ health has been waning for some time, prompting her husband to seek conservatorship.

As per RadarOnline, a hearing has now been set for April 9. The court-appointed lawyer who evaluated Mavis told how Jay is currently undertaking estate planning.

The lawyer revealed: “The purpose of doing the substituted judgment estate planning would be to prepare an estate plan and if something happened to Mr. Leno, a petition for conservatorship of the person would promptly be filed according to the plans to be made under the estate planning to have a conservator of the person to be appointed promptly.”

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The same lawyer told how he had spoken to Mavis on a visit to her and Jay’s home in February 2023.

“Ms. Leno was a delightful person, and although it was clear she had cognitive impairment, she still has a charming personality and could communicate,” the lawyer said.

“She expressed a desire to vote and told me a little about her philanthropic work. She reposed great faith and confidence in Mr. Leno relied on him for her protection and guidance.”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: Jay Leno attends “May Contain Nuts! A Night Of Comedy” Benefiting WeSPARK Cancer Support Center at Skirball Cultural Center on October 25, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

The lawyer also noted that Mavis’ doctor had confirmed that she “sometimes does not know her husband, nor her date of birth.”

The report submitted by the lawyer recommended that the presiding judge sign off on Jay’s petition. Mavis, meanwhile, will not have to appear in court after her doctor stated his belief that it would cause her undue stress.

The doctor wrote: “The proposed Conservatee, Mavis Elizabeth Leno, suffers from dementia, a major neurocognitive disorder. 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.”

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