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The lawyer's obligation is to his client and not to his client's parents. A lawyer is expected to have a normal attorney-client relationship, which means he would want to speak to his client privately without interference from any other party. Unless a minor is not capable of understanding his predicament and his lawyer's advice and of making decisions in his interest, the decisions about the case belong to the minor.
If the client wishes his parents to be privy to his discussions with his lawyer, the lawyer can let the parents be there. However, the decisions about the case must come from the client and not from his parents.
You can see the attorney's ethical and professional responsibilities here. Look at the comment section towards the bottom of the page and subsection 3.
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