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It’s important to remember when you fill out your advance directive this document will only go into effect when your physician and another physician have deemed you incapacitated and unable to speak or make decisions for yourself. Also, the advance directive records your decisions in these three conditions only:

  • Terminal condition
  • Persistently unconscious
  • End-stage condition

However, it does allow the option to record your wishes for other health care decisions. Although the advance directive does not require notarization, it does require witness by two people who are older than 18 years and are not related to the primary patient.