I suspect that there may not be a closing if it's simply a "no show." If someone is simply not available at a prescribed time, there are work arounds. My information should not be construed as advice and no decisions should be based upon these statements. I do not have enough information. In most situations, both parties will need to sign the paperwork in order to close and transfer title. A seller can and will sometimes meet their attorney before the actual closing and not attend. Sometimes a person who holds a POA that will allow them to sign for another party. That is subject to the verification and acceptance of any POA documentation. In general, all parties do usually sign, but they don't always meet together at the same table in order to put ink on paper. Your attorney, title company, and REALTOR will advise you based upon your situation.