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If no one has ever filed a probate case to settle parents' estates, then that must be done in order to be able to transfer the real estate out of parents' names.
This is because right now, parent's estates own the real estate and the only way to transfer it is for someone to file a probate case and ask to be appointed as Administrator of the estates. Then that person can settle both parents' estates and sign off on an estate deed transferring the property from the estate to the heirs at law, which would be the siblings..
Until that is done, there is not a way for the siblings to be able to enter any type of contract to benefit from leasing out any mineral rights because they don't own those rights at this point.
If you are unsure exactly how much acreage there is, you can visit the local land records office and actually get a copy of any deeds in parents' names and it should state on the deed "containing XX acres, more or less" in the property description listed on the deed.
You should also be able to get a copy of the overhead plat showing the entire parcel and its geographic boundaries as set out by the survey.