Jay Leno and Mavis Leno
The former late night host, 73, filed the court documents Friday, Jan. 26, TMZ reports. He requested to become the conservator of his wife's estate, listing her diagnosis as the basis for the filing.
It's not clear when Mavis, 77, was diagnosed with the degenerative disease, which progressively impairs memory and other mental functions.
Granting Jay a conservatorship over his wife's estate would give him control over Mavis' finances, a practice that isn't unusual for individuals who are incapacitated in a way that prevents them from managing their own estate.
The basis for this potential conservatorship is much different from the infamous 13-year conservatorship Britney Spears was under at the hands of her father, whom she has accused of misappropriating her funds and abusing his power both financially and in her personal affairs. The pop star's conservatorship was finally terminated in November 2021 following legal action spearheaded by her attorney, Mathew Rosengart.
As for Jay, who is in his 44th year of marriage to Mavis, the comedian and TV personality was granted a conservatorship hearing date for April 9, per Page Six.
The news comes over a year after Jay experienced his own health scare, when he severely burned one side of his face and chest in a freak accident in his car garage after one of his vehicles erupted into flames.
He subsequently received medical treatment at a burn center in Los Angeles and underwent reconstruction surgery that now has him looking good as new!