Reader take note: This is pretty close to what happened to your Faux News editor and extended family yesterday.
Yes, Mr. and Mrs. Jones, it is true that you have paid my fee of $600 for one hour of consultation to answer your ridiculously easy legal question. But I am not going to answer it unless you pay my retainer fee of $15,000 and an ongoing monthly retainer fee of $1,800 until the legal issue is fully resolved. Furthermore, do not try to answer this yourself by going to the internet. You could step on a landmine and end up in jail yourself.
What do you mean, why not answer it if it is easy? Magic tricks are easy once you know how they are done, but do you expect a magician to reveal his magic? Of course not. That is the way it is with lawyers, so get over it.