After many weeks of sweating over spreadsheets we posted two hefty ring binders of evidence with our first Annual Account to OPG Scotland, meeting their deadline for submission. A week later we got an acknowledgement letter informing us that their processing backlog is currently 20 weeks! Checked their website. Yup, they are now processing Annual Accounts received by them at the end of May. When they get round to auditing our account next March/April the hefty cheque we sent them will be out of date. Or will it? I wonder if they'll take the payment now for services not yet rendered? To be fair, they always respond courteously and knowledgeably to enquiries. However, I do find myself asking what is the point of it all? We have spent many £Ks of my mother's dwindling funds on estate valuations, court fees, solicitor's fees, and OPG fees. We were 6 months into Year 1 before OPG(S) asked for the Inventory and Management Plan. By the time the Annual Account for Year 1 is approved we will be nearing the end of Year 2 and beginning to plan to go back to court, since the Guardianship Order only runs for 3 years. That's if my dear Ma lasts that long. Is there a similar delay with the OPG for England and Wales?