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Did anyone ever file a probate case to settle mother's estate?
Your sister was your biological blood related sister, correct?
Ok, when someone passes without a will the state intestacy laws control who inherits. Under CT intestate law, when mother passed, father would have inherited the first $100,000 of the estate and half of anything over that. If your sister was your biological or adopted sister, you and sister's estate would have split half of anything over $100K. If the two children are sister's only heirs, then they would inherit anything from her estate. See Connecticut General Statutes §§ 45a-437(b) and 45a-438
When father passed, since he had no living spouse, you and sister's estate would split everything. So that would mean that you take half of father's estate and the two adult children of sister would each inherit 25% of father's estate through your sister's estate.