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Sorry for delay system errors my end.
The will is the most important document as that dictates what and who benefits from the will.
Any verbal gifts are purely wishes and the executors can ignore that.
However, if the siblings of your sister were owed money, You do say money outstanding to them, then that is not a gift but a debt of the estate that would need to be settled and your consent to settle the debt is not required. All debts are settled before beneficiaries receive anything from the estate.
On that basis the solicitors were acting correctly.
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