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The attorney is the representative of the parent/client and can stand in for the person in most instances. The only exception involves situations where testimony is required from the client. If that is the case, the attorney cannot testify on behalf of the client; instead, the client must be there.
So, the answer to your question depends on what is supposed to occur at this hearing. If the judge is just signing papers, and not taking any testimony, the attorney can stand in for the client.