Free advice from attorneys can actually be negotiated as part of an annual retainer agreement. How? It's simple: Make an agreement with your general counsel attorney that you will use their services for a specific number of hours during a one-year period. Ask for a discount on the law firm's standard rates in exchange for this agreement. Then simply communicate that you will also be looking for, as an example, one hour free of charge for every 10 billable hours. Once agreed, you have both a discount on the standard rate and a number of free hours as well. Sound simple? It is. Try it.