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Serving our communities in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Located at 105 Landmark Lane, Bristol TN 37620.

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We are accepting new clients. To schedule a consultation, please call us at (423) 764-5535 Monday through Friday between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm.

About Us

Jones, King, Downs & Peel, P.C., is the premier trusts and estates law firm serving Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia and the surrounding regions of northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. The firm’s practice areas include estate planning, estate and trust administration, charitable planning and administration, and fiduciary litigation. With over 70 years of combined trusts and estates experience, members of the firm are Nell King Bieger (since 1988), Erin S. Downs (since 1996) and Robert F. Peel (since 2005).

The firm was founded in the mid-1970s by Bristol attorney, CPA, banker, businessman and philanthropist Homer A. Jones, Jr., who remained active in the practice until shortly before his death in 2011. The excellence Mr. Jones achieved in the trust and estate profession was recognized by his election in 1985 as the first Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (“ACTEC”) from our region. Nell and Erin were selected for membership in 1998 and 2006, respectively, and remain the only ACTEC fellows between Knoxville, Tennessee, and Roanoke, Virginia. They are also the only attorneys in the Tri-Cities region to have been named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of trusts and estates. Rob is working towards membership in ACTEC by speaking and writing on a broad array of estate planning topics and serving on the Board of Governors for the Trusts and Estates Section of the Virginia State Bar.

The JKDP team includes the most experienced trusts and estates paralegals in the area, thereby enabling the firm to provide comprehensive accounting, tax return preparation (estate, gift, fiduciary income, and private foundations), and administration services on a very cost effective basis. Stephanie Clisso, Robin Smith and Amy Henderson have a combined 60 years of trusts and estates paralegal experience.

Now in our fifth decade of practice, Jones, King, Downs & Peel, P.C., remains committed to the compassionate delivery of expert trust and estate legal services to our clients and their families for generations to come.

Areas of Practice

Estate Planning

Whether your estate is simple or complex, our attorneys will help you achieve your estate planning objectives with administrative ease, income tax efficiency, and minimization of estate tax.

Estate and Trust Administration

Our team will guide you through every step of trust and estate administration – from legal issues and probate proceedings to accountings, tax reporting, and assistance with asset transfers and distributions.

Business Planning

Within the context of our estate planning services, we can assist with business formation, tax planning, shareholder agreements, and succession planning.

Charitable Planning and Administration

Our services include preparation and filing of legal documents and the IRS tax exemption application necessary to establish tax exempt entities. We also assist officers and directors of charitable entities with legal and tax compliance issues, including preparation and filing of annual tax returns.

Trust and Estate Litigation

Our litigation team routinely represents executors, trustees and beneficiaries in will contests, will and trust construction suits and trust related litigation.


Nell King Bieger

Nell King Bieger

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Nell King Bieger was born in Bristol, Tennessee, on July 21, 1959, and was the top graduate of Tennessee High School in 1977. In 1981, she graduated summa cum laude (co-valedictorian) from the University of Mississippi, where she was president of Kappa Delta Sorority, honor vice president of Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honorary, treasurer of Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honorary, and secretary of the Associated Student Body. She received the Taylor Medal in Accounting, was recognized as the ODK Province VII Leader of the Year, and is a member of the Ole Miss Hall of Fame.

Nell earned her CPA certification while working as a senior tax specialist for the Richmond, Virginia, office of KPMG International, formerly Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. She also served as national audit and tax manager for Circuit City Stores, Inc., before entering law school. Nell graduated Order of the Coif (top 10%) from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1987. At Virginia, she received the Edwin S. Cohen Tax Prize, given annually to the graduating student who has demonstrated, by the sustained excellence of his or her performance in tax courses, superior scholarship in the tax area. She also received the American Jurisprudence Award for Estate & Gift Tax, and the American Judicature Society Award for Civil Procedure. She began her legal career as a business attorney with Browder, Russell, Morris and Butcher in Richmond. Nell also served as legal counsel, chief financial officer, and national sales manager for Qwicksilver, Ltd., a family owned business, before joining Homer Jones in private practice in the area of trusts and estates.

In 1998, Nell was elected to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, which recognizes individual attorneys for distinguished contributions to the practice of estate planning, probate and trust law. She has been named to The Best Lawyers in America for trusts and estates each year since 2003. She has also been named to Super Lawyers in Tennessee, Virginia, and the Mid-South. She is a member of the Tri-Cities Estate Planning Council, the Virginia Bar Association, and the Tennessee Bar Association. She has lectured frequently and published estate planning related articles in Tax Practice and Virginia Lawyer. Nell is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Virginia.

The eighth generation of her family to reside in Sullivan County, Nell lives in Bristol with her husband, Dan, and children, Daniel and David. Her volunteer activities have included service to Bristol Regional Medical Center, Wellmont Health System, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Kappa Delta Foundation, Avoca Elementary PTA, United Way of Bristol, and King University. Nell has also participated in strategic planning initiatives for the City of Bristol, Tennessee and the Bristol, Tennessee City School System. She was awarded the 2010 Mildred P. Morris Community Service Award.

Erin S. Downs

Erin S. Downs

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Erin Sheehey Downs was born in Washington, D.C., on September 21, 1962. In 1984, she graduated from the College of William and Mary, where she received the Olympia Award, the Martha Barksdale Scholarship Award and was an All-American swimmer. She was also selected for membership in Omicron Delta Kappa.

Erin received her Juris Doctorate from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in 1987 where she was on the Benton moot court team. She began her legal career as an Associate in the Trusts and Estates department of the law firm of Christian & Barton in Richmond. She also served as Trust Counsel for Crestar Bank in Richmond for several years before moving to Bristol to join the law firm of Jones & King, P.C., in 1996.

Erin is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, which recognizes individual attorneys for distinguished contributions to the practice of estate planning, probate and trust law. She has written a number of published articles and frequently lectures to other lawyers on trust and estate topics. She is a member of the Tri-Cities Estate Planning Council, the Virginia Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Erin is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Virginia.

Erin and her husband, Butch, reside in Bristol, Tennessee, where they raised their two sons, Brendan and Logan. She is a Rotarian and has served on a number of community and non-profit boards, including the Bristol Public Library, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children and Wellmont Foundation. She has also served the College of William and Mary on a variety of Boards and Committees.

Robert F. Peel

Robert F. Peel

Robert Ferril Peel was born in La Mesa, California, on August 31, 1975. He graduated from Brigham Young University as an English major with a minor in Economics and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2005. During his law school career, Rob worked as a law clerk for the estate planning firm of Holbrook and Peterson, PLLC, in Knoxville. Rob joined Jones, King & Downs, P.C., as an associate in 2005 and was admitted to the firm on January 1, 2010, at which time the name of the firm was changed to Jones, King, Downs & Peel, P.C. Rob is licensed to practice law in both Virginia and Tennessee.

Rob is a member of the Board of Governors of the Virginia State Bar Trusts and Estates Section. He is also a member of the Tri-Cities Estate Planning Council, the Wills, Trusts & Estates and Business Law Sections of the Virginia Bar Association, and the Estate Planning & Probate and Tax Law Sections of the Tennessee Bar Association. Rob regularly presents at seminars for attorneys and speaks to civic groups regarding various estate planning related topics. Such topics have included, among others, ethics for lawyers, income tax issues for trusts and estates, probate procedure, and non-profit compliance rules. Rob has also written published articles on estate planning related topics.

Rob served a two year mission in Rome, Italy, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he learned to speak Italian. Rob continues to be active in his church and serve in various leadership roles.

Rob resides in Bristol, Tennessee with his wife, Nicole, and their children, Adam, Luke and Scarlett. He has served as the chairman of the Bylaws and Parliamentary Procedure Committee for the Bristol Historical Association since 2007. Rob is actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America and the Cub Scouts and has served in several roles with Troop 208 and Pack 208 located in Bristol, Virginia.

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105 Landmark Lane
Bristol, TN 37620
(423) 764-5535
(423) 764-5536 (fax)