Yes, absolutely. In my opinion, the lawyer's role is not just to represent clients in court. I'm sure my fellow lawyers agree.
Our role is first to let the person know the amount of the surcharge, as that information is not provided at the hearing. Judges say “plus the surcharge”, or “in addition to the surcharge”, and the accused has no idea what the amount to be paid is. If he is free, we must direct him to the clerk of the criminal court so that he can obtain his documents. Once the accused has signed the surcharge papers regarding the fine he must pay within 45 days, I don't think I have the obligation to call him 45 days later to ask him if he paid it; he knows what he has to do.
However, as I was saying, our role can be as simple as saying that the person has no money to pay the surcharge and will not be paying it, and does not know where to go from there. On the form that indicates the amount to be paid, it does not say clearly that the person has to go to such or such a room before a given judge to ask for more time to pay. Homeless people will often misplace or lose their papers. To drug addicts, those papers can seem secondary. I'm not saying that that is an excuse for non-payment; I simply mean that the imposition of a surcharge may lead to complications unintended by the legislator. So I try to provide information as best I can, but there are limits to what I can do.