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This document is an “end of life” document; it is only applicable if and when you are in a persistent state of unconsciousness and cannot make decisions for yourself and it is likely you will not recover. Many hospitals will tell you they need this document, but if you are conscious and talking with them, the hospital has no legal right to have a copy. In fact, some hospitals implement the terms of a Living Will when the person is not at an “end stage” to their life. Therefore, it is recommended that you put your Living Will in a safe location and inform your Agent of the location, but not to give it to health care providers before you actually need it. The expectation with this document is you are not going to recover, and the means by which you are kept alive and comfortable, or when to cease artificial means to keep you alive, will apply. This document is not as urgent as the Health Care Power of Attorney, but your Agent, family members, and your primary care physician should be familiar with your desires and how you choose to live or die if you are in a condition.