Studies have shown that users are now turning to Google to find local businesses, especially mobile users with smartphones. Potential clients who are searching for a lawyer in their local area will see Google Places results BEFORE they see any other search results from Google, which makes it convenient for users to find what they need without even glancing at the organic search results.
The good news is that a great lawyer website actually helps you rank highly with Google Places, even though both services depend on different factors to determine your ranking. If your website already ranks highly with Google and is consistent with your Google Places listing, then you are well on your way to becoming much more visible to local clients who are looking online for an attorney. And, potential clients will now have an even easier time finding your website and taking advantage of what your law firm can offer.