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You have two options in all reality. The first would be to seek to have the court and opposing ocounsel hopefully agree to adjourn the hearing to another later day. If you cannot get agreement, then you'd have to file an emergency motion basically explaining the reasons why you cannot make it Monday. You may be successful in that if it is the first extension you're asking for in the matter, but I wouldn't try to do this too many times.
The second option you have is to not show up. A default judgment (for the full amount requested in the complaint) would be entered against you. You'd then have to ask the court to set aside the judgment via motion. Your motion would have to explain good cause for not making the hearing, and explain an affidavit of merit - i.e. how you are not liable for the debt. It is in the judge's discretion really to grant either one of these. I suppose the third option is to just do nothing - a judgment would be entered against you and the attorney would try to take your property and wages to satisfy the debt or you could work out some payment option.
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