You wouldn’t ask your plumber to work for free so why would you ask your attorney to work for free?
The model of a “free” consultation just to jake yo their hourly rate is not used that much anymore. I spoke to one attorney where in order to make an appointment you have to pay a ‘scheduling fee’ This was becuase too many people were paying the reduced cousultation fee and then not restining the firm.
Besides, you get what you pay for. A lawyer is more likely to take you seriously if they are getting paid.