Estate sales are used to get rid of assets, typically by selling them, and are often held after someone dies.However, not all estate sales are on behalf of the deceased. Some estate sales are done to empty a house in advance of a move, or if a house has been abandoned. Usually they are open to the public and are intended to liquidate the assets as quickly as possible. If an estate has no heirs, or if the government has seized it for legal reasons, it might be liquidated at an estate sale. There are websites that list estate sales in your area.