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The executors must gather all assists and settle estate bills, debt etc before legacies our paid out. If there is real property involved, then the sale of that could delay beneficiaries receiving payments until the property has sold, final utility bills paid and everything a zero balance.
So even cash gifts included in the will should not be prioritised over liabilities of the Estate.
There is a legal rule that pecuniary legacies should be paid out within a year of the death of the deceased. This is known as the 'Executor's year' and if it is not possible to pay the pecuniary legacies within the time period referred to, the Beneficiaries concerned are entitled to interest.