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Are you asking if it is legal for the attorney to tell you not to show up for a hearing or trial?
I'm not sure why they would, tactically, choose to do that but there are certainly some things that couldn't be proven if you weren't there to question and it is legal for you not to appear. Your lawyer has to be sure that they can prove your case (what you need to prove) without you but that's the only real issue.
I don't know that I would call it stupid but it could certainly throw a monkey wrench into your attorney's trial plan. In preparing for the trials I've done, and I've done a lot, I would usually spend 7-10 hours outside of court just getting ready for the trial for very hour I spent in trial. If I had a client that showed up on the day of trial and didn't follow my instructions it would almost certainly have resulted in a devastating loss since it would have been the one contingency I hadn't prepared for.
But, ultimately, it is your case.
I can't really comment on that but I can tell you that there have been many, many cases lost that would have been won if the client hadn't been there. It would take a complete review of your facts to know how your testimony would play into the case and how you not testifying could affect each side's case but if you do go then your lawyer is going to ask the judge to put you on the stand and will question you about whether you were told not to attend, etc. so they can cover themselves.
You definitely need to let them know several days in advance if you're going to be there so they don't prepare based on one idea only to have it change at the last minute.
My position was always to tell the client what I thought and preferred and explain why but since it is their case the ultimate call is their's. Most followed my suggestions but some didn't, to varying results.
Now that is certainly a possibility. However, if you get a judgment then to appeal the other company has to post a bond to cover any monetary judgment you receive and that makes it easier to collect at the end. Not much of a comfort but it's something.