Can I List Family Traditions in Estate Plans? Family traditions can be difficult to commit to paper. However, you can allude to cherished family heirlooms or special items in your will. Those keepsakes that could easily end up lost or discarded can then listed on a separate paper. You might also simply make a list of those items, and state in your will that the list exists, and is in your safe deposit box, safe, or another safe place along with instructions for how to access the list. Such lists of family traditions in estate plans may not hold up in court. But a judge is likely to consider your written wishes should there be a dispute.